Project Lead: Charles Adjovu
The Distributed Governance Score Framework (DGSF) is a project researching the governance of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) and providing a framework for scoring and comparing their governance activities, primarily based on findings from organizational design and corporate governance literature.
The project initially arose as a complement to the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Score project by Consensys.
You can find the original forum post on the Distributed Governance (DGov) forum here.
How to conceptualize an organization?
How does a DAO compare to previous organizational forms?
Is a DAO a new organizational form?
How to objectively score and compare the governance activities and structures of DAOs?
How to assess governance risk in DAOs?
How to define a DAO?
What are the problems or vulnerabilities that plague DAO governance?
How to systematize governance structures and organizational design of DAOs?
When do DAOs evolve from community-like organizations into their own organizational form?
Please check the articles in the table below.
After reading the background readings, please complete the DAO Index Background Knowledge Quiz (still a work-in-progress).
The quiz covers background knowledge needed to understand and complete an analysis of a DAO with the DAO Index.
Charles will provide feedback on your completed quiz after you submit your quiz.
The DAO Index is an independent self-assessment questionnaire that takes an outside-in approach to assess governance in DAOs, primarily regarding their performance on eight core organizing principles to encourage progress towards a community or community-hybrid organizational form mediated by Web3 technologies.
The DAO Index is primarily based on findings from organizational design (particularly, community and community-hybrid organizations) and distributed governance, so that DAOs can be compared without regard to the DAO’s industry or mission.
By analyzing a DAO with the DAO Index, we produce a numerical and letter score determining the DAO’s performance on the eight core organizing principles.
Because the DAO Index takes an outside-in approach to understanding DAOs, we only gather publicly available information directly from the DAO’s own resources or publicly-available third party databases.
Our claim (or hypothesis) is that greater performance on the organizing principles makes it less likely that a DAO will suffer from reputational, financial, or other harm arising from a DAO’s governance structure, while also becoming closer to a true community.
You can find the past ratings and current version of the questionnaire in the DAO Index Airtable.
You can find the ratings, completed questionnaires, and documents (i.e., evidence-base) here.
You can find the literature, quiz, data sources, past versions of the questionnaire, and other resources for the DAO Index here.
You can find Version 0.1 of the User Guide for the DAO Index (questionnaire) here.
The roadmap is still under development.
Feel free to leave feedback on Twitter with #dgsf, #dgovscore or #daoindex, or mentioning @ledgerback in your tweets,!