Program Quality Standards

With the help of Program leaders all over the world, we have developed standards to guide Programs to improve in ten broad categories.



The Program Quality Standards are a tool to help Programs develop and grow. They allow Programs to identify what to focus on or change to keep moving forward. As a movement, we recognize the need to be clear about what is important. These standards are intended to spark honest conversations about what can be improved in your Program. 

This is the second version of the standards. It was published in January 2017.  These standards are aligned with Global Strategic Plan initiatives. For each strategy in the global plan, there is one page of standards. The number of standards has been reduced by approximately 40% compared with the original version.

The document below gives background on the standards and includes a complete listing of all standards.


Self Assessment Tool

This tool is designed to help use the standards at Program or sub-Program level. It should be used in conjunction with the 10 'building blocks' of Program Quality standards. (Coming Soon)

Program Quality Standard Categories

Download each set of Program Quality Standards separately. (Coming Soon)