All Children - All Families: Baseline Staff Assessment
Assessing your organization’s LGBTQ cultural competence requires an understanding of the general level of skills, knowledge and comfort of your staff in working with the LGBTQ community. For smaller agencies this may be easier to gauge, but for larger agencies, particularly those with multiple sites and divisions, it may be more difficult.
As a required step to participating in the All Children - All Families, agency leaders administer the All Children – All Families Baseline Staff Assessment to their staff to get a more accurate measure of their readiness to work with the LGBTQ community. This staff assessment helps identify any issues of particular concern and better plan for staff development/training to enhance their performance and cultural competence. Results also guide technical assistance and inform your agency's training needs assessment.
Overview of Assessment
The Baseline Staff Assessment measures your staff's LGBTQ-related practice experience, knowledge, attitudes, and skills. The survey requires 20 to 25 minutes to complete.
- The assessment is completed online; an ACAF staff member will provide a unique link for your agency via email. This same link should then be sent to all staff members who need to complete the assessment.
- The first page of the assessment asks staff to create a unique ID code; surveys are anonymous and the unique ID code is used for tracking purposes.
- The assessment link should be sent to all agency employees including clerical staff, top management, agency social workers, etc. unless your agency is only seeking certification for a particular division.
- The Baseline Staff Assessment also serves as the pre-test for the All Children - All Families staff training. Every individual that will be present in your agency's training (including any guests that are not employed by your agency) should complete the Baseline Staff Assessment.
- It is recommended that agencies take no more than two weeks to administer the assessment to its staff. Upon completion, a detailed report of the results is sent to the agency.