EAGLE accreditation has three major components. These components reflect the EAGLE Commission’s beliefs that:
- Organizational excellence is best motivated by introspective self assessment;
- External verifications of participating organizations should be conducted by trained and experienced peer professionals; and
- Participant organizations best respond to written assessment reports that clearly document Commendations and Opportunities for Improvement.
The components are:
Self Study: An internal analysis and self-study conducted by the organization using the EAGLE Manual, which includes the Organizational Overview, Principles, Actions in Support, and Self-Assessment Questions and Expectations.
Peer Review Site Visit: A two-step peer review conducted by a select team of trained peer reviewers, who are experienced executives and representatives from human service organizations and denominational sponsors and/or connectional units.
Commission Decision: The organization receives a final EAGLE Commission written report-of-findings, drafted by the peer review team and edited and verified by the EAGLE Commission. It contains a detailed listing of Commendations and Opportunities for Improvement and verification of the organization’s term of accreditation.
Recognition and Term
EAGLE Accreditation, once granted to an organization, continues for a term of four (4) years. During this term, the accredited organization is responsible for continuing to meet or exceed all EAGLE Principles, and successfully respond to all Commission requirements.
In order to remain accredited, each EAGLE accredited organization shall submit an annual report to the EAGLE Commission. The purposes of the report are to ensure the Commission is aware of any changes in the organization since accreditation or the previous annual report that might affect the organization’s accredited status, and to follow the organization’s progress in taking advantage of the Opportunities for Improvement noted during the Peer Review.
The organization’s part of the accreditation process takes twelve to eighteen months to complete. Your self-study should be submitted at least five months prior to the EAGLE Commission meeting, which occurs in January and August.