How the Accreditation Portal works
CommittedA Committed council has submitted a letter of commitment to the Welcoming Cities network signed by the Mayor or CEO of the council.
EstablishedAn Established council has completed a self-assessment addressing the Leadership category of the Welcoming Cities Standard. This application reviewed and approved by Welcoming Cities.
AdvancedAn Advanced council has completed the first three categories of the Welcoming Cities Standard. The application is reviewed by an external assessor.
ExcellingAn Excelling council has completed all six categories from the Welcoming Cities Standard. This application is reviewed and scored by an external assessor.
MentoringA Mentoring council has first completed the Excelling accreditation, completing all categories of the Welcoming Cities Standard. A Mentoring council has then applied to and been approved by the Welcoming Cities Standard Advisory Committee to be a Mentoring council.
|Category||Committed Signed Letter of Commitment||Established |
|Advanced Council Peer Assessment||Excelling |
|1. Leadership category assessment||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|2. Social and cultural inclusion category assessment||Y||Y||Y|
|3. Economic development category assessment||Y||Y||Y|
|4. Learning and skills development category assessment||Y||Y|
|5. Civic participation category assessment||Y||Y|
|6. Places and spaces category assessment||Y||Y|
A council will become accredited if they score a minimum 80% compliance across all indicators in the required categories for their level. Compliance is measured with a score of 1-5 as follows:
- No compliance
- Low compliance
- Partial compliance
- High compliance
- Full compliance
A council’s score is calculated in the following manner:
- Each indicator in each category will have score of 1-5, based on the compliance level of that indicator
- The average score across indicators will create the score for the category
- The average score across all categories will be the final score for the assessment