Many board members associate performance assessments with judgment, bias, and the need to defend one’s actions. However, without appropriate monitoring and feedback, it is difficult to evaluate whether your board is meeting goals and embracing recommended practices.

Here are six signs indicating that it may be time for your board to assess its performance (and there are more!):

  1. You’re not sure your board is strengthening its performance over time.
  2. Your board members are not as engaged as you would like them to be, and you suspect they may not fully understand their responsibilities.
  3. You think the board’s partnership with and evaluation of the chief executive has room for improvement.
  4. You suspect the board could work more effectively and/or efficiently
  5. You want to be able to demonstrate to your donors, funders, and members of your community that your board is committed to embracing best governance practices.
  6. You’re about to start a strategic planning process.

Read the full report about assessing board performance at BoardSource.