CORE ELEMENTS

This brief self-assessment will give you a snapshot of your program's strengths and opportunities for growth, ensuring you can do the very best for vulnerable children and families.

Hear how the Core Elements have helped others in the field:

EVALUATE

Get a swift, customized review of program strengths and opportunities

LEARN

Use the accompanying tools to improve areas for growth to do better for kids and families

REPORT

Share results with donors and other stakeholders to show what is working and ask for help to improve

"I love the results from the Core Elements assessment because everyone in the organization can take it. It can assess if others in your organization really know the material and status of the topics addressed."

KIMBERLY QUINLEY, STEP AHEAD FOUNDATION

"This is really easy to get done quickly. I didn’t realize how fast it would be to take. I thought it would take hours, but it only took minutes."

GASTON WARNER, ZOE EMPOWERS

"Based on your results, there’s always next steps provided with some resources on each level."

LAURA KOST, OPEN ARMS INTERNATIONAL

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW LONG DOES THE SELF-ASSESSMENT TAKE?

It takes between 30 and 40 minutes.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

This tool is for any program serving vulnerable children in a non-U.S. context.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

Before you begin, you will want to gather the following materials (if available):

  • A copy of your employee handbook
  • A copy of your Child Protection Policy
  • A copy of your Code of Conduct
  • A copy of your organization’s most recent annual report
  • A copy of your Board of Directors handbook

Then you will take the self-assessment, get a printable PDF of your responses and the accompanying toolkit, and have the opportunity to explore tools that can help you apply your learning.

HOW WAS THIS DEVELOPED?

The principles and questions were distilled from more than 300 pages of research and global guidance, and were refined with the input of more than 40 organizations serving vulnerable children and families around the world. The self-assessment is under continual revision, so be sure to leave feedback.

CORE ELEMENTS TOOLS

Core Elements Principles (English)

Core Elements Principles (Spanish)

Core Elements Principles Toolkit

Core Elements Webinar Overview