Welcome to: Governance "Best Practices" - Conventional Wisdom, Anecdote, or Evidence

If you provide capacity-building for governance and nonprofit boards, we are seeking your assistance! 

Governance practice, perhaps more than any other nonprofit field, has an abundance of so called “best practices,” which are championed by consultants and other capacity builders.  However, very little is understood about governance capacity building, that is, how do consultants choose their interventions with clients and what information and resources do they use and why?   How do they know the strategies are effective? The Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s Governance Affinity Group’s new research study is seeking to answer these questions and to help advance the governance field. 

Your responses also will help inform the creation of a governance research to practice Consultant’s Tool Kit. Participants who complete the survey will receive tool kit following the completion of the study.

This confidential survey will take about 15-20 minutes, and your contribution to this study will be invaluable to advancing the field of capacity building.  All of the questions have response choices, so it goes very quickly. Please complete each question and make sure you click on the "done" button at the end of the survey, to ensure your responses are recorded. If you need to stop and return later, the program will save responses on completed pages, using the same computer.
If you would like a copy of the completed Tool Kit, please add your contact information at the end of the survey. No responses will be attributed to specific individuals, so please be honest in your answers.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact:
Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D.
Governance Affinity Group Chair and Alliance Board Member

Thanks so much!

Research Team
Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D., Principal, Nonprofit Solutions Associates; Governance Affinity Group Chair
Terrie Temkin, Ph.D., Principal, Core Strategies for Nonprofits
Diane Fletcher, Principal, Vadis Consulting Group
Anne Jin Soo Preston, Director of Research, CreationINcommon
Asa Fanelli, Principal, IdeaLift

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is the national voice and catalyst for the field of capacity building.  The Governance Affinity Group provides a forum to promoteinnovative thinking and practice in the field of governance and board development, including the generation of new governance approaches, models, practices, and research.  Through the development of original research and new approaches, the Affinity Group promotes research-based practice among a diverse group of consultants,  other capacity builders, and pracademics.