The peer review process is key to Renewal and Reform, supporting
dioceses by 'holding up a mirror' to the diocese's work.
Teams of peer reviewers visit the senior leadership teams of
dioceses to help ensure mutual accountability over how resources
are being used and to facilitate shared learning between dioceses
about their plans for mission, evangelism and discipleship.
The objective of the diocesan peer review process is ultimately
to help each diocese's mission and finance to be
strengthened. The process will seek to combine the principles
of good stewardship, accountability and transparency to strengthen
communion within the Church through the application of the gifts of
leadership, wisdom and administration.
A briefing note on the process will be provided to each diocese
well in advance of the peer review meeting. The key elements
of peer review are:
- The use of a pool of peer reviewers, mostly nominated by
dioceses, with the skills and experience necessary to work in
three-person teams to conduct effective reviews. Peer
reviewers are provided with training in the role, and are asked to
be supportive but objective, constructive but demanding.
- Preparation, focused on a self-assessment by the diocese which
is passed to the peer reviewers with other 'off the shelf'
materials in advance of the meeting.
- The peer review meeting involving up to eight senior people
from the diocese including the diocesan bishop and diocesan
secretary. This will take most of a day and will explore key
areas - both areas of strength which other dioceses can learn from,
and areas of greater concern.
- A short report is prepared by the peer reviewers and passed to
the diocese soon after the review meeting.
Peer review is not an inspection, it is not an audit, and the
specific conclusions from each review will not be published to the
wider Church (unless the diocese wishes to do so). Every
effort will be made to ensure that the peer review is of real value
to the diocese concerned.
In his blog "Bring out your
planks" John Ball, Secretary for the
Diocese of Chelmsford, shares their experience of peer
In our second blog Canon Mandy Ford, Chancellor of Southwark
Cathedral, takes a look from The Other Side of the Table after
participating in Truro's peer review