The Power Assessment Framework measures an organization’s power distribution as it relates to peers in the workplace to support employers in moving towards co-production. It provides an opportunity for employers to learn about their peer workers’ current levels of empowerment and their working conditions. Using scales from 1 to 5, this tool measures the level of opportunity, financial security, values alignment, self-determination, and influence that peers have in their workplace. These indicators illustrate what is needed by peers and required of employers to equalize power within their organizations.
Organizations can use this tool by having both peers and their employers (individuals at the organization in leadership positions) complete the assessment. Employers are encouraged to complete the assessment on their own and compare their results to those of the peer workers’ assessments. While not its primary intention, this tool can also be used by peer workers to self-assess their work experiences and advocate for improved power dynamics in the workplace.
An example of a rating scale from the Power Assessment Framework: