What is Policy Governance® ?

Developed by an American psychologist Dr John Carver, Policy Governance is a system for governing boards of all types and sizes. Developed in the 1970’s, it has stood the test of time being largely unchanged despite being ‘road tested’ by thousands of organisations worldwide. The credibility of Policy Governance® has recently received a significant boost as it largely underpins the new British Standard.

It enables the board to focus on the larger issues, to delegate with clarity, to control management’s job without meddling, to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization; to truly lead its organization. The clarity of roles from adopting this approach assists with long-term vision as board members focus on strategic leadership rather than administrative detail. It helps communication between board and management, and it empowers the jobs of individual executive, while also providing leadership and reducing non-board related activities.

Individuals are equipped with insight and with practical information into their direction and roles, with a proven model to guide decision-making. The board works strategically, with the ability to work proactively by setting agendas in advance, while having monitoring in place for the CEO to get on and do their job.

In New Zealand over 100 organisations use Policy Governance principles and it is recognised by key Government funding agencies such as Sports New Zealand, Ministry of Health, Creative NZ.

>> John and Miriam Carver; An overview of the Policy Governance model
>> International Policy Governance Association


Policy Governance Articles

>> A Kiwi Perspective on Policy Governance
>> A clients perspective on Policy Governance training
>> The role of Board Members
>> How experienced are the directors around your table


Policy Governance® is an internationally registered service mark of John Carver. Registration is only to ensure accurate description of the model rather than for financial gain. The model is available free to all with no royalties or license fees for its use. The authoritative website for the Policy Governance model is at www.carvergovernance.com