D.E.S.E.R.T. ©
(Directors’ Effectiveness Self-Evaluation Research Tool)

Macquarie Dictionary: “Desert n –

i) that which is deserved; a due reward or punishment;
ii) worthiness of reward or punishment; merit or demerit; …
iv) just deserts, a misfortune or punishment viewed as being richly deserved.”

A measurement system that is oriented to the roles & competencies of Boards of Directors of Not-for-Profit organisations, using Goal Attainment Scaling to help Directors to focus on the expected outcomes of their role in the performance of the Board’s functions.


By Dr Colin A. Sharp see:
AES 2003 International Evaluation Conference, Auckland Organisational Governance and D.E.S.E.R.T. © (Directors’ Effectiveness Self-Evaluation Research Tool) and

Sharp, C.A. 2003. “Can Organisational Governance Learn? The development of ‘just’ D.E.S.E.R.T.s © in the form of the Director’s Effectiveness Self-Evaluation Research Tool.” Paper presented at Evaluation Who Benefits? Australasian Evaluation Society International Evaluation Conference, September 16 – 18th September, 2003, Auckland, NZ. [online downlaod]