See how others have written their rubrics.
Happily, we can offer you a number of well-written rubrics, starting with GreenFaith’s rubric for religious institutions. GreenFaith decided to change the numeric headings form something more meaningful to their work. So, their #1 became “Out of the Garden” and their #4 became “Eden Restored.” They then selected seven aspects of their work with religious institutions ranging from religious education to facility management and described what success would look like in each of those categories.
Like GreenFaith, the Community Care for Depression has a wide-reaching rubric for the integration of behavioral health and primary care. Take a look at their description of the space in the “Bifurcated, Split, at Odds” category and compare it to the “Integrated - team works together seamlessly” category. By going through this exercise, this organization realized that they actually needed to restructure their office space to accomplish their vision of success. That is exactly what they did. Click here for Community Care for Depression rubric.
At Dodge, we decided to write a rubric for what makes an exemplary site visit with a potential grantee. While working on this rubric, the program staff realized that there are actually three parts to a site visit: the Quality of the Preparation, the Quality of the Site Visit and the Follow-Up and Outcomes. So three rubrics were created. You will also note that the Poor category was used as a place to discuss indicators of totally unacceptable behavior such as “Program Officer relies on instinct to find the right place and ends up in Moorestown instead of Morristown” and “Program Officer takes a cell phone call during the visit.” When a new Program Officer is hired, they only have to read the rubric to know what acceptable behavior is.
Another critical aspect of this rubric is that #3 (Repect for Grantees) is Dodge’s Standard. The next column, #4 is “Exceeding our Standard.” These are things that don’t happen every time, but that we aspire to and which we use to improve our work.
The Center for Whole Communities (CWC) in Vermont has spent many years applying assessment thinking to the land conservation field, which is typically measured in acres, dollars, and biological diversity. Without discounting the success of land trusts over the past decade, CWC believes that real success is conservation’s ability to re-define for Americans their health, their relationships, and their sense of fairness, which can be achieved when conservationists work in partnership with other groups to engage more people in building just and vibrant communities.
To that end, they’ve spent years developing and refining an assessment tool called “Whole Measures,” which was influenced by this Assessment Workshop’s central idea that we must “measure what matters” in order to improve performance. Whole Measures is a robust rubric that can help see how land preservation impacts a community’s vision of health and prosperity, and can show us how stronger communities can help advance land preservation goals, citizen engagement and long term stewardship.
And finally, another Dodge rubric, this one with humorous indicators, about the “Level Two Assessment Workshop.”
Rubrics aren’t the only tool in assessment, but they are an incredibly useful tool, so let’s review.
- Intro: the Dodge Assessment Initiative Online Workshop
- Are there any aspects of your work that you wish were better?
- What do we mean by assessment?
- What is exemplary feedback?
- Planning backwards
- The rubric: if you can describe it, you can measure it
- Rubric practice
- See how others have written their rubrics.
- Rubric review
- Important reminders about the rubric writing process.
- Uh oh. Roadblocks.
- Overcoming the obstacle of time.
- QII and assessment exercises.
- Overcoming the obstacle of change.
- Assessment principles and concepts. One more time.