Molly’s Network assessment process is rigorous and multi-staged: it involves an initial application form; an online due diligence check; desk research; reference requests from the Board, donors and partners; an office visit and a site visit which involves interviewing community members and beneficiaries.
Traffic Light System
Our assessment tool uses a traffic light system to categorise each organisation. The criteria is as follows:
Green/Accredited: Our assessment process identifies these organisations as being highly effective and efficient. These organisations are awarded an Accreditation stamp.
Amber/High Potential: Organisations in this category typically score high in three out of the six areas. Molly’s Network believes that with the right type of support they are capable of progressing and improving their effectiveness.
Red/Assessed: These organisations score low during assessment. Molly’s Network does not focus resources in supporting these organisations.
Each assessment is presented to an independent body of experts that review the findings and recommendations of the Assessors. Each assessment is conducted by two assessors: one is a Molly’s Network member of staff (to enable consistency) and one independent (to prevent bias).
Molly's Network has a diverse range of partners: geographically, financially, and thematically. Our assessment process is therefore not designed as a 'one size fits all', but to take these differences into account. However, as with any assessment tool, it is also important that we have uniformity and consistency. An accredited organisation will display the following characteristics:
Strategy and Purpose: In order to score highly the organisation must be able to demonstrate that it is meeting a need that has been identified by the local community. A clear strategy as to how to meet this need has been developed and is regularly updated. The strategy is commented to staff, volunteers and the community.
Reputation and Community Buy-In: To score highly the organisation must be able to demonstrate that it has a good public profile, is well known for its work within the local community, and has no reputational issues connected to it or its staff. The assessor should consider information provided by referees, beneficiaries, donors, partners, local government, and the regulator.
Legalities and Governance: To score highly the organisation must be able to demonstrate that they have satisfied all the necessary legal requirements, but go beyond just the bare minimum. The organisation should be well staffed with suitably qualified employees and/or volunteers who have good understanding of legal/compliance issues.
Financial Accountability: In order to score highly the organisation must demonstrate that it has rigorous financial processes and controls in place, with good auditing and accounting procedures including financial accountability, well-kept books and records, budget planning and control.
Programme Management: In order to score highly the organisation must be able to demonstrate that they are able to achieve their project targets and produce quality results. They need to demonstrate that they have the appropriate project cycle management tools in place and have the requisite human resource skills needed to implement. Top scoring organisations will utilise their monitoring and evaluation data strategically, to inform programmatic work.
Growth and Resource Mobilisation: In order to score highly the organisation must be able to demonstrate that they have a long term plan for remaining in existence (resilience), and that they have a realistic plan for growth.