2014 MPI-Schott-BA155MPI SELF-APPRAISAL GUIDE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DIRECTIONS: Apply a rating of 0 to 3, as defined below, to indicate how well you think the statement applies to your city. (0) Disagree: My city does not do this. (1) Disagree somewhat: My city does this only on a very limited basis. (2) Agree somewhat: My city does this partially, or in some areas. (3) Agree: My city does this. ______ 1. My city council sets clear goals and priorities for the year ahead. ______ 2. My city council clearly communicates its goals and priorities throughout the organization. ______ 3. My city council regularly reviews the status of implementing goals and objectives. ______ 4. The public is adequately informed about council goals and priorities. ______ 5. Council policy decisions are disseminated and explained to all affected personnel throughout the organization. ______ 6. Ethical standards are well understood and followed throughout the organization. ______ 7. Citizens have convenient access to elected officials to provide input on policy decisions. ______ 8. My city has a standard process for handling citizen requests and complaints. ______ 9. My city council gives adequate consideration to staff recommendations. ______ 10.My city council has the capacity and willingness to make hard choices and politically unpopular decisions when required or necessary. ______ 11. Citizen surveys are conducted on a regular basis. ______ 12. My city sponsors programs to encourage citizens to be active in public issues. 2014 MPI-Schott-BA155MPI ______ 13. My city promotes the social, cultural and demographic diversity of its residents. ______ 14. Employees have the opportunity to participate in setting objectives and performance requirements for their work groups. ______ 15. Performance evaluations of city employees are conducted on a regular basis. ______ 16. Training programs have been set up to enhance employees' job skills. ______ 17. My city has a comprehensive safety program for its employees. ______ 18. City employees are encouraged to be creative and innovative. ______ 19. Job descriptions are regularly reviewed and updated as necessary. ______ 20. My city has written purchasing policies. ______ 21. My city has a long-range plan that identifies community needs and meet service demands in the future. ______ 22. Our existing technological capacities are regularly evaluated and upgraded as needed. ______ 23. Our city has an up-to-date equipment and asset replacement plan. ______ 24. My city council is supportive of economic development activities that are beneficial to the entire community. ______ 25. City personnel policies are regularly reviewed to make sure they are current and legal. ______ 26. My city council clearly understands the city's financial condition and makes sound budgetary decisions. ______ 27. My city council avoids unbudgeted appropriations. ______ 28. My city has a multi-year Capital Improvements Program. ______ 29. City officials in my community meet regularly with officials from other local governments. 2014 MPI-Schott-BA155MPI ______ 30. My city council gives careful consideration to recommendations from citizen boards or committees. ______ 31. My city uses methods to measure the performance of city activities and programs. ______ 32. Elected officials from my city attend training programs and seminars. ______ 33. City staff provides regular reports to council regarding city activities and projects. ______ 34. My city's elected officials are not disrespectful to each other ______ 35. Council and staff treat each other with mutual respect and courtesy. ______ 36. City council has procedures for involving the community in key projects and activities. ______ 37. Before reaching a decision of importance, my council usually requests input from persons likely to be affected by their decision. ______ 38. All council members carefully review council materials prior to meetings. ______ 39. My city council takes action on items before they become urgent or critical. ______ 40. My city council often discusses where the city should be in the future. 2014 MPI-Schott-BA155MPI SELF-APPRAISAL GUIDE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SCORING GUIDE Add up the scores of all 40 questions. If your total score is: Above 100: Your city meets the criteria for effectiveness. 80 - 100: Your city meets many of the criteria for effectiveness. 40 - 80: Your city meets some of the criteria for effectiveness. Below 40: Your city needs to significantly improve its effectiveness.