Developing People

In this section, you’ll find tools to help you develop the skills and performance of your staff—including tools for giving feedback and evaluating performance.

5 Tips for Evaluating 2020 Performance

Things were not okay in 2020 and the jury’s still out on 2021. Many of you are weighing myriad complexities and will need to use your best judgment as you consider performance on a case-by-case basis. While we can’t offer a comprehensive guide, here are some tips for your 2020 evaluations.

Sample Language for 2020 Performance Evaluations

Struggling with the exact language to use when giving feedback for your 2020 performance evaluations? Check out our samples.

Performance Evaluation Form Template

Here’s one easy-to-use performance evaluation system we love.

Sample Performance Evaluation Form — Corrective Assessment

We know it can help to see samples of this sort of thing, so here’s a sample evaluation of a struggling employee.

Sample Performance Evaluation Form — Strong Assessment

… And here’s a sample of an evaluation for a high performer.

Executive Director Performance Evaluations

When it's the executive director who's being evaluated, too often boards fail to look at the central question: what results is the ED getting? In this piece, we urge boards to emphasize the “what,” not just the “how,” when evaluating the ED.

Executive Director Performance Evaluation Form Template

Here's an executive director performance evaluation form template, which your organization's board might use to assess how your ED is performing.

Giving Feedback with CSAW

Nervous about giving feedback? This worksheet will help you think about what you want to say, and how to say it.

2x2 Feedback Form

The 2x2 system ensures that managers and staff members talk about what each is doing well and what could be better.

360 Feedback — A Field Guide for Managers

Here's a field guide chock-full of tips and tools for managers to get started with 360 reviews.


Check out an example of how to use the PARTNER framework for receiving DICEY feedback that's related to diversity, inclusion, culture, equity, or you.

How to Build a Career Pathways Tool

This resource covers the benefits of having a career pathways tool, a step-by-step guide for building one, and two examples to help get you started.

Career Pathways Tool: Examples and Template

Check out two full examples of a career pathways tool, and a sample template you can apply to any role.

Sample Email to Announce/Re-introduce Performance Evaluation Process

This is a sample email that the head of HR, Chief of Staff, or ED/CEO can send to all staff to announce (or even re-introduce) a performance evaluation process.

Common Choice Points

Here is a list of some of the most common choice points, or key decision-making opportunities, managers face that may have equity and inclusion impacts.

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