This article first appeared in Volunteer Victoria’s E-Link newsletter on August 12 , 2011. Sign up for E-Link and keep current with news and information from Volunteer Victoria.
When it comes to driving non-profit organizations, board assessments may be the equivalent of the shoulder check. Some boards complete regular assessments to scan their environment, identify obstacles in their way, communicate their intentions, and adjust their speed or direction, while others take continuous quick glances to make sure that they are not in imminent danger. Some boards never complete assessments – they rely on others who share the road to reduce risk and behave as predicted – and hope that their journey always ends safely.
This project provides:
· A website (www.boardcheckup.com) through which boards can access a comprehensive questionnaire covering the major issues that affect board performance.
· An easy method of distributing this questionnaire online to board members and those with whom they interact.
· Automatic compilation and summary of all responses.
· Two detailed reports on the overall performance of the board on 9 dimensions of effectiveness.
· Advice on how best to use these reports to achieve needed changes in governance practices.