Regular board self-evaluation is integral to effective governance. Use the questions in the attachment to assess whether your board is getting maximum mileage from its self-evaluation process.
1. Is your self-evaluation questionnaire based on recognized best practices for effective governance – or does it rate satisfaction against an undefined or subjective standard?
2. Is the questionnaire customized for your board, for example, reflecting whether it’s a hospital or a health system board, and whether it’s part of a system or is freestanding?
3. Is the questionnaire comprehensive, covering at least these areas:
a. Board responsibilities for:
- Financial performance and long term financial planning
- Strategic planning
- Quality of care and customer service
- Mission effectiveness and community benefit
- CEO evaluation
- Corporate compliance and audit
b. Formal components of effective governance:
- Roles and responsibilities
- Board and committee structure, size and responsibilities
- Board information and education
- Board composition and diversity
- Relationships with the CEO, medical staff and other key stakeholders
- Board and committee agendas and meetings
- Board culture, including questions about participation and candid discussion
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