Background 

Board Checkup, LLC evolved out of the research of Professors Yvonne Cafik Harrison, currently at the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA and Vic Murray of the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. The purpose of the research was to test the efficacy of an online intervention designed to understand and resolve problems of board performance through the practice of board performance assessment.

 

To date, over 6,000 individuals from 1,150 organizations from around the world have used Board Checkup to assess board performance with 80 % of those organizations reporting changes in their board's performance upon follow-up assessment. Because this service generates data from which statistics like these can be generated, nonprofit organizations that particpate consent to having the data they provide used for board research and development purposes. However, it is important to understand that the system was designed to create a safe space for assessment and board development conversations by protecting the personal identities of the individuals involved. To this end, all responses collected are anonymous and accessible to approved research personnel who statistically analyze the data collected to test research hypotheses, produce scholarly publications and practice reports, and develop new tools and resources to improve the leadership and governance of nonprofit organizations.  

 

For more information about Board Checkup, LLC, the reserch, and tools and resources, please contact us at boardcheckup@comcast.net.