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Governance Self Assessment Framework


Responsibility for delivering Value for Money and for self-assessing and evidencing VFM rests squarely with the Governing Body who needs to work closely with both senior staff and tenants to succeed. SHN’s range of self-assessment resources has been constructed to facilitate the process of Governing Body development.

SHN’s self assessment resource is unique; it has been developed in collaboration with a Working Group of board members, practitioners and professional advisers, including Blackwood, Grampian HA, Waverley HA, EVH, SHARE and Board Development Agency.

The Working Group identified five key ‘Governance headlines’ and supported them by twenty three possible measures. The five key governance headlines are:

  1. Governing Body understands the business it is in
  2. Governing Body reflects the needs and aspirations of the communities they represent
  3. Management Team is assisted and supported as well as held into account
  4. We are all growing
  5. The Governing Body contributes and adds value


How it Works


The resource is split into workbooks designed to facilitate the self assessment process both by individual board members and then collectively by a full Board with an option of benchmarking results against a peer group.

The design of the tool facilitates planning self-assessment activity, carrying out the assessment on the way the organisation is governed against twenty three specific criteria, scoring and then capturing future action commitments.

Each self assessment workbook is published on line as well as a Word document with Excel worksheet score cards. This gives users the maximum flexibility for entering scores, viewing their rating and inputting narrative information.

Each self assessment workbook contains parameters and planning tables, captures reasons for doing the assessment and helps identify resources which might be needed and the people who will be involved. It also contains a SWOT analysis table; the SWOT process is a simple but reliable method of quickly analysing elements of governance. It can be carried out in different ways: before the whole assessment and after completion to compare the initial view and the findings from the self assessment or to look at a single element or as a reality check.

Reporting against the Governance self assessment framework or using it simply as a checklist is an excellent way of raising self awareness and identifying areas in need of improvement, but this is far from the only way. Self-assessment and improvement planning should be a continual activity. Resources supporting self-assessment activity can be used at any time as part of a regular cycle of continuous improvement activity.

In collaboration with our expert partners SHN is able to actively support Governing Bodies in their self assessment through training and subject to level of demand, practice exchange forums dedicated to the needs of Governing Bodies wishing to develop their skills.

The content of each self assessment workbook is as follows:


  • Parameters and planning tables
    To look at: reasons for doing the assessment; what resources might be needed and the people who will be involved.

  • SWOT analysis table
    The SWOT process is a simple but reliable method of quickly analysing elements of governance. It can be carried out in different ways: before the whole assessment (and after completion to compare the initial view and the findings from the self assessment); to look at a single element e.g. ‘The Governing Body understands the Business it is in’; as a reality check (SWOT of key documents or single element of practice).


  • The remaining pages of each workbook contain score cards:

    1. The Governing Body understands the business it is in
    2. We are all growing
    3. The management team is assisted and supported as well as held to account
    4. The Governing Body reflects the needs and aspirations of the communities which it represents
    5. The Governing Body contributes and adds value


    Evidence tables and Action plan tables – immediately after the scorecards


    These templates allow you to:

    • score your progress. When you enter your score in the last column a RAG colour rating is displayed giving you an instant visual of progress
    • provide evidence for areas in which you score above 0. By putting in documentary or practice based evidence, you can learn about techniques used in/prepare for external scrutiny or use it for the organisation’s own practice e.g. as staff information/policies and procedures
    • take action in service elements which your scorecard (or SWOT) indicates are challenging



When you reach the score cards you need to remember the following tips:

Double click on the table of criteria to “activate”, this will allow you to enter scores

You must enter scores as follows

  • where the criteria is fully met, 3
  • where the criteria are almost met – depending on the opinion as to what degree, 2
  • where the criteria is partially met, 1
  • Zero, where the criteria is not met