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CAA Board Self-Evaluation Instruments

Initial Posting: Feb 21, 2006
Purpose
CSBG Self-Assessment Tool - Missouri Association for Community Action
Strength Based Needs Assessment - California/Nevada Community Action Partnership in conjunction
Self-Assessment Tool - California Department of Community Services and Development
Peer-to-Peer Assessment Process - Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies
Checklist for Accountability and the Accountability Test - Panel on the Nonprofit Sector

Effective governance is an element of National Goal 5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.  CSBG Information Memorandum 82 emphasizes that CAA boards are ultimately responsible for assuring that an agencies continue to assess and respond to the causes and conditions of poverty in their community, achieve anticipated family and community outcomes, and remain administratively and fiscally sound.

Description

Please LET US KNOW if you have suggested BOARD SELF-EVALUATION INSTRUMENTS that might be added.

Ensuring strong governance and oversight by Boards of nonprofit organizations is receiving heightened emphasis and increased scrutiny in response to the excessive scandals that have occurred in the private sector.  Passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has important implications related to steps that nonprofit boards should consider in order to fulfill their duties and responsibilities.

Resources to support Board self-evaluation efforts are contained in each of the following CAA Assessment Tools:

Several other self-evaluation instruments are available to help CAA Boards improve their effectiveness:

Board of Directors Self-Evaluation Instrument - Virginia Office of Community ServicesBoard of Directors Self-Evaluation Instrument (Virginia Office of Community Services)

  • Board Roles and Responsibilities
  • Financial Oversight
  • Program Oversight
  • Managing the Risks of Board Services
  • Committee Operations
  • Board/Administrator/Staff Relationships
  • Board Service Effectiveness
  • Board Training Needs

Board of Directors Self-Evaluation Checklist - Regional Economic Community Action Program, Inc.Board of Directors Self-Evaluation Checklist (Regional Economic Community Action Program, Inc.)

  • Do I Understand the Organization?
  • Do I Know the Legal Side of Board Membership?
  • Do I Know the Role of Board Members?
  • Do I Know the Budget?
  • Do I Participate in Fundraising?
  • Do I Know the Staff?
  • Do I Know the Executive Director?Board Self-Assessment Survey - Board Café
  • Do I Know the Volunteers?
  • A 10 Item Quiz for the Board of Directors

Board Self-Assessment Survey (Board Café) – 22 items to generate discussion among Board members and to help establish annual objectives for the Board.

Additional valuable resources to assist CAA Boards are available through Virtual CAP under the category of ORGANIZATIONAL PRACTICES - BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Outcomes

Effective governance is an element of National Goal 5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.  CSBG Information Memorandum 82 emphasizes that CAA boards are ultimately responsible for assuring that an agencies continue to assess and respond to the causes and conditions of poverty in their community, achieve anticipated family and community outcomes, and remain administratively and fiscally sound.

Contact

Kenneth Ackerman, Virtual CAP Project Manager
434.295.8802