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Governance

What is governance?

Governance is:

  1. using all available information to make the best possible decisions; and

  2. steering our work to ensure the best possible outcomes or greatest impact.

It generally takes place through discussion, whether that be around a table, by email, or on Skype. It also generally requires a fair amount of thought beforehand, in order to comprehend all the information, or come up with well thought out solutions.

Good governance should:

  1. have people who understand what they’re there for;

  2. work for the good of the organisation;

  3. have people who can work well as a team, but come up with ideas as individuals

    too;

  4. know what the organisation is doing, spending and what it has to comply with

    so it can make sure good decisions are being made by everyone;

  5. behave with integrity;

  6. be open and accountable.

Principles taken from The Scout Association’s adaptation of “Good Governance: A Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector”, presented to The Scout Association’s Board of Trustees in December 2015