Good Practice Tools and Practices

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Board Self Assessment Questionnaire

The questionnaire below is designed to help the Board to assess how well it is functioning and to identify areas where the Board as a whole might improve. It may also be a helpful indication for board new members of the level and nature of engagement required of active Board members.

Download the questionnaire here.

Read each responsibility carefully and tick the most relevant response.

The assessment facilitator will endeavour to obtain a completed questionnaire from every Board member, analyse the results and present a consolidated report in which individual responses are guaranteed anonymity.

Scale and Open Ended questions
The purpose of the questions is not to get a scientific survey of the board, but to stimulate discussion among the members at the time of review

1. Did the work of the board meet your expectations?
Yes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5 No


Why not?

2. Did you feel included?
Yes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5 No


3. What would have made your experience a better one?

4. What do you think is important for the board to focus on next year?.

Emphasis on the future:

  • What will you do differently to improve next time?
  • What one thing done differently would have most impact?
  • If you made those changes, what difference do you think it would make?


Highlighted On-line Resources

Listed below are resources that highlight practices that may be helpful for you or your organisations.
Free Management Library: A complete integrated Online Library.  Visit
The Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of yourself, other individuals, groups and organisations. Content is relevant to the vast majority of people, whether they are in large or small for-profit or nonprofit organisations.  The Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest well-organized collections of these types of resources.

Using the Internet to reach out wider

In the nonprofit arena, community is essential. The World Wide Web and the Internet have provided a space in which we can network with those whom we might otherwise never have had the opportunity to meet. Visit to find articles and resources to help you effectively use the Internet to further your organisation’s mission.  TechSoup has a wealth of information about the options you can use to get your board interested in bringing your organization into the world of today.

Tools you can use

Practical, straightforward and impactful tools can be found at:

A Library of Governance Resources

BoardSource provides assistance and resources to nonprofit leaders through workshops, training and its website.  The website address is

Visit for top tips on organisational development tools

Over a cup of coffee or tea visit Board Café at

Mindtools gives helpful tools to maximise your leadership potential.  Visit

Working with larger groups?  Visit for helpful strategies.