Background 

This free board development assessment service is part of a research project being carried out by Professors Yvonne Harrison of the State University of New York, Albany, NY, USA and Vic Murray of the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. The goal of the project is to expand knowledge of how boards of directors of nonprofit organizations work and how they might be improved through performance assessment.

The initial funding for the online board self-assessment research project came from The Institute of Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The INS has a mandate to engage in and support research activities addressing issues within Canada’s nonprofit sector. To learn more about applying for a research grant and view other research sponsored by The Institute for Nonprofit Studies, please click on the following link:

http://www.mtroyal.ca/ProgramsCourses/FacultiesSchoolsCentres/InstituteforNonprofitStudies/AppliedResearch/index.htm

Subsequent funding was obtained to upgrade the Board Check-Up through the Faculty Research Awards Program (FRAP) of The Office of Sponsored Research at the University at Albany, SUNY. This funding extended the research to a longitudinal survey design (subscription model for annual survey use).  Other upgrades to the system include online help support, language translation, improved ease of use, and data access.  

Because this is part of a sponsored research project of the University at Albany, SUNY, nonprofit organizations that particpate in it will be asked for permission to have the data they provide used for research purposes. However, it is important to understand that the identities of the particpating organizations and individuals will never be revealed. All responses collected will be held in a password protected database stored on a secure server accessible to Professors Harrison and Murray only. They will statistically analyze the information collected from time to time to produce research reports on the state of nonprofit board effectiveness. This information will be made available to participants through this website.