Assessing a Board's Performance
The Board should convene for an annual check-up to see how well it is doing. Even if it turns out that the Board is doing well, it is good to know that too. An annual check-up is a good time to review the Board’s basic elements, including but not limited to:
- Its mission and goals;
- Its organizational and governance structure;
- Its membership;
- Its leadership; and
- The issues on which it focuses.
A self-assessment of the Board’s performance does not have to be a long or complicated process. A serious group discussion of the following types of questions can be a productive way to gauge the group’s effectiveness:
- What are our strengths?
- What are we doing well?
- What should we stop doing because it reduces our effectiveness?
- What should we start doing because it will increase our effectiveness?
- How can we improve our performance?
An annual check up is also a good time for the Board’s members to examine how well they are performing as a team. The survey (attached to the link below) can be completed anonymously by each Board member, summarized by a neutral person, and presented to the Board for their consideration and action.
Criminal Justice Advisory Board Check-Up Sheet