Paroling Authority Self-Assessment Toolkit

Developing a Plan in Response to Self-Assessments

The Practice Targets are focused on a variety of key issues for parole leaders. As you review the current status of your Board regarding these targets, and the relative importance that you believe these issues might have, what are a few issues that you believe your Board should explore? Given the vision or mission of your Board, are there other critical areas that you believe require some review/attention at this time?

Now that you have completed an assessment of your board's performance on each of the ten practice targets, please complete this action planning tool, which was designed to assist you to reflect on your discussions and "ratings", and to consider further where your Board might undertake efforts to strengthen practice.

Issues and opportunities that I would like for my Board to explore include:

What are some potential impacts/positive outcomes that might occur for your Board as a result of making changes in the areas noted above?  Are there some potentially negative impacts for your Board or others that you might anticipate?

What needs to be done to start exploring these issues?

For each area/issue you have identified above, identify one specific step that you could take to bring this issue to the attention of other members, discuss it with key individuals, or gather information about this issue.

For each issue, identify a key individual (a "champion" for this issue – it could be you!) and an initial step that you would like to have taken by that person to help your Board move forward.

Indicate whether each issue is a long term issue or a short term issue. A short term issue/opportunity is something that can be handled without additional resources or legislation, and that can be accomplished within six months.  A long term issue/opportunity requires more investment of resources, changes in legislation, or work over a longer period of time.

For short term issues, indicate three things that need to occur in the next 30 days, and indicate the person who will be responsible for each action.  If a team is created, indicate who would lead the team and areas represented on the team.

For long term issues, indicate three critical changes that need to occur in the next six months in order to make substantial progress on this issue. If resources, legislative changes, policy changes, etc. are required to make substantial progress, indicate necessary steps that must occur, and the person responsible. Note what initial steps can be taken to help produce the desired outcome. If a team will be created, indicate who will lead the team and the areas represented on the team.

As a Board, develop a list of the key priority areas on which you will be focusing as you work to strengthen practice with their own boards. Identify the strategies or approaches that you will pursue in gaining:

  • Visibility for this issue with the board as a whole;
  • Consensus or "buy-in" from your colleagues on the board; and
  • The mechanism(s) you will be using to move forward (e.g., committees,
    staff support, training, routine board meetings, etc.) with this work.

Articulate the potential challenges of the implementation of these strategies; as well as the resources or assets that would assist in implementation.


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