Dóchas members are constantly striving to find new ways to increase their long-term impact.
That is why Irish NGOs put 'Accountability' at the heart of their work, as for Dóchas members, being accountable means taking responsibility for your actions and responding to comments from anyone interested in or affected by your work.
Dóchas members have therefore set clear and objective professional standards for their work. And they provide ample information for all their 'stakeholders' to see how those standards are being applied, and - crucially - how people can comment on their organisation's performance. For at its core, Accountability is about involving and listening to people.
- NGO Accountability Paper (March 2006)
- Accountabiltiy: A Matter of Trust
- How to identify an effective NGO
- Guidelines for Annual reports and Financial statements
- NGO Accountabilty Bibliography (March 2006)
- Assessment of Organisational Compatibility (Checklist 1)
- Basic Capacity Assessment of a Potential Partner Organisation (Checklist 2)
- Potential Added Value of a Partnership (Checklists 3A - 3E)
- Project/Grant Agreements with Partners (Checklist 4)
- Effective Partnerships for Development Results (Checklist 5)
Dóchas Checklists, Templates and Other Useful Tools
- Dóchas conflict of interest policy
- Checklist for Board Self-Evaluation
- Board Meeting Evaluation Sheet
- Corporate Governance Assessment Tool
- Dóchas Report on a Review of the Annual Reports and Financial Statements of Dochas Members
- What is the Code of Corporate Governance
- Accounting and Reporting by Charities: Statement of Recommended Practice (Charity Commission)
- NGO Partner Survey 2010 (Keystone Performance Surveys)
- Who Counts? Financial Report to beneficiaries: improving quality by improving participation ( By Alex Jacobs, Mango)
- Listen first - Practical ways of improving accountabilty for NGO's
- Key questions to ask any organisation that works with volunteers (Volunteering Options)
- Answering for Ourselves; Accountability for Citizens Organisations (May 2007)
- Accountability in Development Aid - Comhlamh research report (April 2002)
To find out more details on how to ensure your organisation maintains high standards of excellence please visit our "Standards of Excellence - Codes and Guidelines" section.