Comprehensive Area Assessment replaced Comprehensive Performance Assessment in April 2009 and was abolished in 2010. Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) examined how well councils were working together with other public bodies to meet the needs of the people they serve.
Craven District Council contributed to Area Assessment for North Yorkshire. This also involved North Yorkshire County Council, the other District Councils in North Yorkshire, and a range of other partners including the North Yorkshire Primary Care Trust, North Yorkshire Police, and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. The assessment focused on how the public bodies and other partners across were working together to improve wider community outcomes across North Yorkshire. The results of the Area Assessment for North Yorkshire can be found via the Audit Commission One Place website.
Craven District Council also had its own organisational assessment. This was made up of a Managing Performance Assessment which assessed the Council's progress in improving wider community outcomes; and a Use of Resources assessment which evaluated how well the Council managed and used it resources.
The assessment reviewed performance during the 2008/2009 financial year, and judged the Council at a score of 1 out of 4 - 'An organisation that does not meet minimum requirements - Performs Poorly.' Despite the overall poor score, the Council was very encouraged by the Audit Commission's clear recognition that it was making significant improvements in its performance and had an optimistic approach to future assessments.