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Panelists at Woulfe Hall for the Higher Calling event discussing True Leadership on November 14, 2016.

Continuous Improvement Starts Here


Assess: The First Step to Improved Social and Ethical Responsibility

Businesses that work with the Veritas Institute are invested in continuous improvement for the common good. Before making changes to their processes or organizations, we must assess their current state of business.

The assessments we use at the Veritas Institute are based on the Self-Assessment and Improvement Process (SAIP) method. SAIP is designed to help organizations assess and enhance their performance on issues of ethics and social responsibility. Our assessments include The Catholic Identity Matrix, Live Without Me and The Business Ethics Assessment Matrix (BEAM).

Fr. James Burns speaks on "Creating a Dynamic Vision of Catholic Mission and Identity" on Friday, October 22, 2012.

The Catholic Identity Matrix (CIM)

The CIM is an organizational assessment and improvement process designed to help Catholic health care leaders strengthen the Catholic identity of their organizations. The CIM yields a qualitative portrait of the current state of an organization’s management system, and a quantitative appraisal of the extent to which its operating processes are shaped by six principles for Catholic health care.

This information allows leaders to identify critical improvement opportunities, and to formulate initiatives that will help their organization more fully embody the moral aspirations characteristic of Catholic health care. Periodic use of the CIM helps Catholic healthcare organizations establish a practice of sustained, ongoing improvement in mission integration.

Find out how the CIM assessment could help your organization. Contact Dean Maines for more information.

T. Dean Maines, Director

Michelle Rovang Burke delivers her speech at The Higher Calling Series interactive lecture Vocation of the Business Leader: Seeking Meaning in the Global Economy organized by Veritas Institute on Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Woulfe Alumni Hall North.

Live Without Me

Live Without Me (LWM) is an easy-to-use assessment that helps small business owners start the conversation about transitioning their firms to either the next generation of leaders or to new owners. The assessment poses a series of introspective questions to clarify a company’s readiness to undergo a leadership transition while sustaining its core values.

The tool’s name refers to the readiness of a business to “live without” its current owner. The LWM assessment is a catalyst for transition planning that highlights the importance of teamwork. It begins the steps required to achieve a successful exit and preserve the company’s guiding moral convictions.

The tool can be used throughout transition planning to reflect a business’s progress between scoring levels, which include:

  • Level 1: the business has not yet started a transition process
  • Level 2: the transition process is beginning but immature
  • Level 3: the business is engaged fully in the transition, but significant work remains
  • Level 4: the business is nearing completion of the transition process

Learn more about The Life Without Me assessment. Contact Michelle Rovang for more information.

Michelle D. Rovang, Program Director

Dean Maines headshot.

The Business Ethics Assessment Matrix (BEAM)

The BEAM is an organizational assessment and improvement process based on ISO 26000, an international standard that provides guidance on corporate ethics and social responsibility. With BEAM, leaders perform an evidence-based ethical appraisal of their organization that highlights opportunities to more fully embed moral values within its operating policies, processes and practices. In this way, the tool supports efforts to build and sustain a corporate culture that promotes responsible business practice.

Find out what the BEAM could do for your organization. Contact Dean Maines for more information.

T. Dean Maines, Director