Editor’s Note: the original version of this document is followed by four annexes containing the evaluation indicators to be used for different categories of NGOs. The annexes are not included to this translation, because central-level evaluation indicators issued in 2011 were subsequently revised.
Notice of the Ministry of Civil Affairs Issuing Evaluation Indicators for All Categories of Social Organizations
To the Civil Affairs Offices of all provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly controlled by the central government, to the Civil Affairs Offices of cities enjoying provincial-level status, and the Civil Affair Office of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps:
Since the issuance of the Ministry of Civil Affairs Guiding Opinion on Promoting the Evaluation of Non-Governmental Organizations (Ministry of Civil Affairs Document no. 127 ) in 2007, civil affairs offices at all levels have actively carried out the evaluation of social organizations according to the requirements of that document, and have achieved good social results. Through evaluation, social organizations strengthen their own construction, raise their capacity, and they gradually increase their credibility. In 2010, the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued a Notice on the Program for Promoting Standardized Management in the Field of Civil Affairs (For Trial Implementation) (Ministry of Civil Affairs Document no. 86 ), incorporating the evaluation of social organization in the project of standardization of the management of civil affairs. In December 2010, the Ministry of Civil Affairs promulgated the Measures for the Evaluation of Social Organizations (Ministry of Civil Affairs Decree no. 39), which further provided the policy and legal basis to perform the evaluation of social organizations.
In order to further strengthen the management of the evaluation of social organizations, to promote the regularization and standardization of the evaluation of social organizations, according to provisions of the Measures for the Evaluation of Social Organizations, on the basis of an extensive consultation, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, has formulated an assessment index of national academic mass organizations, and of foundations having a non-mainland resident as their legal representative, and it has revised the evaluation indicators it formulated in the past few years for national professional associations, chambers of commerce, foundations, and private non-enterprise units. The new and revised indicators are being issued to you. The above indicators are primarily applicable to national social organizations registered by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. They are furthermore the main basis for the development of evaluation indicators by all local areas. Please formulate the corresponding evaluation indicators for social organizations based on the actual circumstances, and report provincial-level evaluation indicators to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
August 23, 2011