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What is PowerCheck? Who should use this tool? What does this tool help me do?

PowerCheck is a self-assessment tool for organizations, coalitions, and groups to use to assess their capacity to engage in community organizing.

Completing this tool provides a comprehensive snapshot of your current capacities related to community organizing: the skills, knowledge, practices, and resources that you have in place that make your organizing work possible.

This tool helps you document your current assets, locate gaps that may exist, and prioritize areas to strengthen and grow. It can help you make informed decisions about where and how to focus limited resources, and what types of partnerships to seek out to help build a plan to move forward.

How does PowerCheck work?

PowerCheck consists of five sections:
  1. Pre-Organizing: Goals, Power Analysis, & Planning
  2. Empowerment / Constituent Leadership
  3. Organizing for Change
  4. Community Consensus Building
  5. Organizational Operations / Infrastructure
Each section consists of 3-9 indicators. As you complete each section, you will be asked to review a set of statements under each indicator and rank your current capacity in this area using the following scale:
  • Very Strong / Always
  • Moderately Strong / Usually
  • Somewhat Strong / Sometimes
  • Not Strong / Rarely / Never
  • I Don't Know
In sections 3-4, you will also be asked the following question: "To what extent does your organization rely on partners for the above indicator?" Given that groups have limited resources, it often makes more sense for partner organizations to rely on each other's strengths as a way to build capacity.

At the end of the tool, you will receive a score for all of the indicators and have the opportunity to reflect on which areas you would like to prioritize going forward in order to strengthen your capacity.

Need to take a break and finish later?

Not a problem! Starting on the next page, you'll find a "save and continue later" button at the top of your screen. Simply click the button, enter your email address, and you will receive a link that you can use to resume the survey where you left off

Keep in mind:
  • Achieving a high score in every category is not the goal. No organization has it all, so be honest in your answers.
  • Relying on partners can often be the best strategy to fill a specific capacity need.
  • Plan on repeating PowerCheck in 3, 6, or 12 months' time to assess your progress and growth over time.
Have other questions, comments, or are experiencing technical difficulties?
Please contact Shannon Williams, advocacy evaluation manager, at

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