The Carver Policy Governance Guide series
booklets that offer board members a description of John Carver's
Policy Governance model of board leadership. Policy Governance
enables a board to fulfill its accountability to its organization's
"owners," whether the owners are association members, city
residents, company shareholders, or a community of interest. Policy
Governance addresses the board's engagement in financial,
programmatic, and personnel matters; roles of officers and
committees; reporting and evaluation; agendas; and other aspects of
the board job.
Implementing Policy Governance and Staying on Track shows
boards how they can apply the principles of the Policy Governance
model and change the way they govern in practice. The guide cuts
across various aspects of the Policy Governance model and
challenges board members to move from concepts to practice.
The Policy Governance model is based on the functions rather
than the structure of a governing board. It outlines commonsense
principles about governing that fit together into an entire system.
The practices of the Policy Governance board, which are consistent
with the principles, allow it to control without meddling, focus on
long-term organizational outputs, powerfully delegate to a CEO and
staff, and discharge its fiduciary responsibility in a visionary,
strategic manner. Because the model is a total system, the Carver
Policy Governance Guide series offers boards a complete set of
principles for fulfilling their various obligations.