Board of Directors Evaluation
The following table can be used by all board members and the
chief executive to get an impression of how well the board is
doing. The table is a rather basic form for board evaluation.
But, if the evaluation is conducted wholeheartedly, the form should
indicate how the board is generally doing in conducting its role.
Each member and the chief executive should complete the form
about four weeks before a board retreat. Members attach suggestions
about how the board could get higher ratings for any or all of
the following 14 considerations.
Ideally, someone outside the organization receives the completed
forms, collates the results and write a report indicating the
number of respondents who rated the board for each of the 12 considerations.
board has full and common understanding of the
roles and responsibilities of a board
board members understand the organization’s mission
and its products / programs
structural pattern (board, officers, committees,
executive and staff) is clear
board has clear goals and actions resulting from
relevant and realistic strategic planning
board attends to policy-related decisions which
effectively guide operational activities of staff
board receives regular reports on finances/budgets,
products/program performance and other important matters
|7|| board helps set fundraising goals and is actively involved in fundraising
board effectively represents the organization
to the community
board meetings facilitate focus and progress
on important organizational matters
board regularly monitors and evaluates progress
toward strategic goals and product/ program performance
board regularly evaluates and develops the chief
board has approved comprehensive personnel policies
which have been reviewed by a qualified professional
each member of the board feels involved and interested
in the board’s work
all necessary skills, stakeholders and diversity
are represented on the board
Please list the three to five points on which
you believe the board should focus its attention in the next year.
Be as specific as possible in identifying these points.
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