This is a list of recommendations compiled by OCASI through consultation and interviews with LGBTQ+ newcomers and service providers. The recommendations are presented here in a checklist format with an option to choose "Area of Strength" or "Need for Improvement" for each one. You can use this tool to evaluate where your agency presently is, and to guide your agency goals and strategies as you work to improve your Positive Space.
Tool Kit Resources: Assessment
The Positive Space Assessment Tool is a free and anonymous online questionnaire designed by OCASI in 2013-2014 to benchmark organizational standards for serving LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, etc.) newcomers. It can be used by organizations to:
This is an organizational self-assessment and capacity-building tool that looks at ALL parts of an organization: Community Based Approach (which includes Positive Spaces), Governance and Strategic Leadership, Operations, and Human Resources. Please visit www.OrgWise.ca
OrgWise assesses the health of organizations and identifies areas for growth. It is confidential, easy to use and provides comprehensive reports, chart and work plan for Organizational development.
This is the A Positive Space is a Healthy Place Manual published by the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) in 2011. It is designed to support the health sector and other community organizations in becoming Positive Spaces for LGBTQ+ clients, staff, and stakeholders.