Governance Excellence Initiative
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Mother's Day Marketing ToolkitThe Mother's Day Toolkit includes files that can be edited and customized with your program's logo by a local designer or by anyone who has Adobe Creative Suite.
How is National CASA Doing?
Local programs are invited to take a 10-minute survey and tell National CASA how it is doing and be entered to win a hotel room or conference registration in Boston.
Standards & Quality Assurance
The goal of our local and state standards is to establish requirements that we believe will assure quality while allowing individual organizations room for creativity and innovation. Administrative and program staff must weigh how to create efficiencies and effectiveness to arrive at the highest quality advocacy on behalf of the children they serve, related to their models, governing structure and legislated constraints. It is expected that programs make decisions related to best practices with continual reflection and evaluation of outcomes for children.
A set of quality standards to measure a program’s operations demonstrate that an organization:
Our standards provide a framework for quality program management. They define the most effective overall approach to manage a particular aspect of program operation as well as requirements to operationalize the overall standard by specifying the practices that carry out the intent.
A primary goal and guiding principle of the quality assurance system is to strengthen organizations and ultimately support their efforts to provide high quality child advocacy and achieve the maximum level of excellence. The National CASA Self-Assessment tools, one for state organizations and another for local programs, are used to measure compliance with standards. Each state organization and local program participates in the self-assessment process once every four years.
Local Standards for CASA/GAL Organizations
Standards for Local CASA GAL Programs 2012 Edition (600 KB PDF)
Self Assessment Questions (335 KB PDF)
State Standards for CASA/GAL Organizations
National CASA Protocols
Using Online Video Applications: Rules for use of online video chat technology in conducting CASA work (revised 4/2014)