Council Capacity grants help support the operating capacity of effective watershed councils. OWEB's merit review process encourages continuous improvement of watershed councils’ organizational management, operating structure, and the planning and implementation of on-the-ground watershed, restoration, and community engagement activities. The merit review process also ensures watershed councils are working toward strengthening their role in watersheds through activities focusing on organizational resilience, leadership, collaboration, and balanced representation of interested and affected persons within the watershed.
All watershed councils that receive a Council Capacity grant are required to complete a biennial self-assessment in order to assess the organization and identify areas for improvement. The assessment should be used as a learning tool for the organization. Self-assessment is critical to improvement and overall mission success.
The self-assessment tool below was developed to help watershed councils identify strengths and challenges of their organizations and establish capacity-building goals. Beginning in 2017-2019 watershed councils will be required to submit the Summary Chart created at the end of the assessment. The individual answers will remain with the council. OWEB does not intend to use this tool as a formal evaluation of where individual councils land within each category. Instead, the agency encourages each council to take the evaluation process seriously, using this tool to set organizational capacity goals and create plans to achieve those goals over time. OWEB will use the summary information from all councils to help the agency identify common strengths and challenges across the state.
Capacity Organizational Assessment Tool