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Policy Governance® Facilitation

Policy Governance®, created by Dr. John Carver, is an integrated set of principles and practices that frame the job of any governing board.  It outlines the manner in which boards can be successful in their servant-leadership role, as well as in their all-important relationship with management.  The model enables the board to focus on the larger issues, to delegate with clarity, to control management's job without meddling, and to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization.


The Vermont School Boards Association has a specialized consultant to work with boards interested in converting to this system.


Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Principles of Policy Governance
condensed from John Carver, Carver Guide Series on Effective Board Governance

Policy Governance is a fundamental redesign of the role of a board, emphasizing values, vision and the empowerment of both board and staff. It is built on ten principles:

  1. The Trust in Trusteeship

  2. The Board Speaks with One Voice or Not at All

  3. Board Decisions Are Predominantly Policy Decisions

  4. The Board Formulates Policy by Determining the Broadest Values Before Progressing to More Narrow Ones

  5. The Board Defines and Delegates, Rather than Reacting and Ratifying

  6. Ends Determination is the Pivotal Duty of Governance

  7. The Board Controls Staff Means by Limiting, Rather than Prescribing

  8. The Board Explicitly Designs Its Own Products and Process

  9. The Board Forges a Linkage with Management That is Empowering and Safe

  10. Performance is Monitored Rigorously, but Only Against Policy Criteria

A more detailed description of these principles is available.

For further information or to request assistance with a policy governance contact: Debbie Singiser or 802-223-3580

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