Hello. My name is Anna Witter-Merithew, Interim Executive Director of RID. The purpose of this vlog is to introduce you to the documents that the RID Board is sharing with the membership to assist the members in understanding some of the factors that have impacted recent decisions of the Board.
There are five documents in total. The first is the 2015 Organizational Assessment, conducted in the Spring 2015 by the consultants from Third Sector New England (TSNE) and HQ. This assessment, submitted to the Board in June 2015, reports the findings from surveys conducted with the RID membership, plus interviews conducted with more than 30 leaders of stakeholder organizations. The survey and interviews focused on 1) what qualities and attributes were needed in the next executive director and 2) what perceptions and concerns exist about RID. There were 2,149 respondents to the survey—a 14.7% return rate. That is more than double the average response to online voting by members. This report was an important source of information for the Board in determining areas requiring priority attention by both the Board and headquarters, particularly related to testing and certification.
The second document is the Testing and Certification Risk Assessment, submitted to the Board on November 1, 2015. There have been a variety of vlogs talking about this report and its contents. Essentially, it outlines the vulnerabilities and risks RID faces related to operational, governance, fiscal, and legislative aspects of testing and certification. It talks about possible countermeasures and what options might be available to RID to move beyond some persistent challenges we have faced.
The other three documents are related to the risk assessment. One is the analysis of 11 other testing and credentialing entities and how they compare to RID. This analysis was done by Janet Carson, Esq., who is an attorney with specialized expertise in working with testing and credentialing organizations and who has been a consultant to both the certification committee/certification department and the Ethical Practices System for some years.
The remaining two documents report data collected and analyzed related to the regulation of interpreters across the United States. One of the documents reports the findings of the survey conducted by RID with state regulatory agencies to assess the impact of the August 2015 moratorium decision. The second is an analysis of state laws in relationship to the moratorium, conducted by Julie Anne Schafer, Esq., who is an attorney working for RID as the Director of Standards and Practices.
These four testing and certification documents, along with a 15-year analysis of income, expenses, and losses, served as the foundation for the Board’s discussion and the December 2015 decision to separate RID from testing by creating an independent testing entity. The 15-year fiscal analysis is being integrated into the 2015 Annual Report where its relevance is more clearly established.
All of these documents were developed for the Board as essential tools for use in their decision-making. As a result, they were written for the Board as the audience, and in their original versions, they included confidential and privileged communication provided by legal counsel. Where these documents contained confidential and privileged communication, they have been redacted. However, the information redacted will not impact the ability of members to understand the issues and the factors surrounding RID’s current context.
The Board has shared this information with its councils and received their input and feedback prior to the December Board meeting. As well, the Board reported on this information in a series of five webinars with Affiliate Chapter Presidents, Member Section Chairs, and Committee Chairs in January. This lead to opportunities for questions and answers. The Board is now sharing these documents, in a readable form only, to provide interested members with further insight into the decision processes in which the Board has been involved. After carefully reading and considering the information provided, should you have any questions, please feel free to send them to AWM@rid.org, and we will continue to provide answers.
The following documents are being shared with the RID membership:
- 2015 Organizational Assessment, conducted by Heather Harker, the Board Consultant from Third Sector New England (TSNE)
- 2015 RID Testing and Certification Risk Assessment