Board evaluation innovation: Active Partnerships
Campbell Tickell was commissioned by Active Partnerships and Sport England to support improvements in governance and facilitate shared learning, as well as developing an approach to Board evaluations that could be rolled out more widely in future.
The Campbell Tickell Governance Team completed a bulk pilot programme of 9 external Active Partnership Board evaluations, jointly commissioned by Active Partnerships and Sport England.
Active Partnerships is a nationwide network of 43 locally-based Active Partnerships (AP) organisations, aiming to increase participation in sport.
As Sport England funded organisations, APs are required to comply with Tier 3 of the Code for Sports Governance, introduced in April 2017. The Code requires them to undertake an external evaluation of their Board at least every 4 years.
The project was intended to support improvements in governance and facilitate shared learning, as well as developing an approach to Board evaluations that could be rolled out more widely in future.
Working in a collaborative way, the in-house CT Governance Team collectively developed and delivered an innovative approach to Board evaluations. Centrally, they developed a framework to explore and assess each Board against five key areas of governance:
1. Governance framework;
2. Skills, competence and diversity;
3. Strategic role;
4. Dynamics and culture;
5. Meetings conduct.
These five strands were explored through a consistent process for each of the Boards evaluated, which included: a document review; survey; interviews; and a Board meeting observation.
Findings were then presented to each Board before producing a concise final report incorporating recommendations for improvement, with good practice examples.
Overall, participants welcomed external assurance and feedback, and have been positive about the evaluation process.
Further, the team identified a clear appetite for increased sharing of good practice across the sports sector.
To find out more, contact Sade Joseph, Governance Consultant: email@example.com
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