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For more details, supporting stats, and documentation, including “Decision Tracking” and the “Co-efficient of Decision-Making”, and/or for enquiries about becoming an accredited auditor, please email

martin@solutions.coop

 The Coefficient of Decision-Making

 The C of DM is a system of evaluating the through put of collective decision making.  It can also be used for Internal Communications Audits.  

What is a “Democracy Audit”?  


Well, first and foremost, what it is not, is a “democratic audit”.  


It is not an audit that is democratically controlled.  It is an independent audit by contracted outside observers intended to “measure” the state of an organisation’s internal democracy.  


Many democratic organisations such as voluntary bodies, trade unions, and  co-operative societies may be democratic in the sense that this was always the intention and is still the assumed norm.  However, a scratch at the surface may illustrate that all is not quite as it should be from a democratic perspective.  Organisations often lapse into customs and practice which may save time or appear simpler but in fact slowly diverge from the democratic intent of founders or the standards of independent reviewers.  


Assessing democracy - performing a "democracy audit" - is not commonly practised in the UK.  Occasionally organisations may revisit their principles and their constitutions in order to update them in line with current thinking or modern practices, but rarely do they set out to qualitatively assess the extent to which they may or may not be functioning in an objectively observed democratic way.  


Common examples of the gradual erosion of democracy are the perfunctoriness of annual general meetings or the pre-determination of decisions made in committee.  These in themselves are not necessarily “bad” things, but they illustrate the beginnings of a divergence from founding principles.  


In some cases the solution may be to alter the practices; in others it may be to revisit and modify the principles.  Either way, a democracy audit endeavours to show what divergence is taking place and suggest a course or courses of action to bring practice and principle more closely together again.  

For more information and/or downloadable pdf, see here.



THE DEMOCRACY AUDIT