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How to check where you’re at on your journey to good governance

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Good governance matters because it underpins successful charities and is vital for their effectiveness and sustainability. Good governance matters because it enables us to serve our beneficiaries and achieve our mission and values and it helps protect and enhance the reputation of individual charities and all of the third sector.

But how do you know how whether your governance is good?

Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Code sets out five core principles of good governance and was developed to help boards understand what best practice looks like. SCVO have developed an online Good Governance Checkup with support from CCLA to bring the five principles of the Code to life and show trustees how they can evidence and demonstrate good governance.

The Checkup, just like the Code, is suitable for all charities, whatever their shape, size, and activities. It asks a series of questions about your organisation’s purpose and leadership, your board’s behaviour and effectiveness, and the controls you have in place. The Good Governance Checkup takes up to 30 minutes to complete, and you can save your progress as you go and come back to it if you need to.

Once you finish the Checkup you get your results in a personalised action plan which shows areas you might want to improve and develop, and where to celebrate your successes. You’ll also get links to tailored practical resources which will help you do the right thing in the right way.

You can share your results with other trustees, so why not use the Checkup as a part of a collective exercise? That way all your trustees can explore how your board measures up to the five key principles of the Code.

You can go back to get your results at a later date, which gives you the opportunity to regularly review your progress, and by completing the Checkup you’ll also help SCVO build a picture of good governance in the sector. We will be able to look at anonymised results across Scotland and spot areas of strength and identify topics where we can develop more support and resources.

There’s a recording of the webinar we ran during Trustees Week here which tells you more about the Checkup and how to use it. And in a new development, SCVO can also now offer 1-2-1 support after you complete the Checkup. You can book a telephone call or online meeting to discuss your results and the steps to take next in your journey to good governance. So why not check out the Good Governance Checkup today?