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2019 FoCD

Assessing Board Performance

Even well-functioning boards will need some fine-tuning from time to time. It is essential, therefore, that all boards take regular steps to assess how they are performing and work to improve themselves.

The Festival of Community Directors' theme for this week is Assessing Board Performance, and we hope it serves as a timely reminder for your organisation to do just that.

Assessing board performance is integral to a well-functioning board.

The resources you will find on this page, and the activities offered throughout the week are intended to help make the whole process of board assessment easier for your organisation.

Our recent survey on governance in the Not-for-profit sector showed that almost one in three not-for-profit boards do not have any system in place for reviewing its own performance.

It also showed that larger organisations are more likely to review board performance than smaller organisations.

This is a major problem. The board is the most important part of a community group. Ensuring your board is working to its full potential gives your organisation the best chance at success.

Even a board that functions effectively in the beginning can become stale or lose its focus.

An annual assessment of board performance will provide an opportunity to both recharge the batteries and identify areas that may need extra attention.

So, if you haven't been formally assessing your boards performance in recent years, you should start now!

Check out the resources and activities below to help you get started.

What's on?

The release of ICDA Spotlight Report: Assessing Board & CEO Performance from the ICDA Governance Survey 2019

Assessing Board Performance is a training webinar for ICDA's 2019 Festival of Community Directors. This webinar will ensure your board knows the best way to assess its performance.

Test yourself! Take the board effectiveness quiz and the board member effectiveness quiz.


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