We measure group health based partly on Google’s re:Work principles on team health (and would like to acknowledge Holly Hammond’s excellent work in translating this for social movements). Extensive research found healthy teams weren’t a collection of the best-qualified or most highly-skilled. Rather, the best functioning teams were ones where team-members felt safe to suggest new ideas, admit to mistakes, work through issues together and had a clear idea of how their work contributed to overarching goals and strategies.
Google found the number one influence on team health was psychological safety, followed by dependability, structure & clarity, meaning of work and impact of work. We also measure group health based on what indicators help ACF ascertain whether people power is contributing to ACF’s organisational goals such as group growth & retention, diversity, leadership development and sustainability of the work.
We have also taken the opportunity to measure how well supported members feel both from their group and ACF. Together, these measures help us more quickly identify potential opportunities to improve how we support groups to be healthy and impactful.
You can read more about each of these indicators of group health here.