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We measure group health based partly on Google’s re:Work principles on team health. We also sought expert advice from Holly Hammond to have principles included in our measurement specific to 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. Based on other research around social movements (including Hahrie Han’s work), ACF also measures group growth & retention, diversity, leadership development, sustainability of the work and network density.

You can read more about each of these indicators of group health here.

What’s new this year?

We want to take the opportunity to understand from community members how well supported they feel from ACF, ask some big strategic questions and seek feedback on future training opportunities.
When you complete the Group Health survey it will prompt release of the link to the Part 2 survey. This survey takes only 5 minutes! Your feedback is valuable and will help us to make decisions about future support and strategy.