Effective board engagement requires intentional strategies on the part of senior leadership and the staff that support the board. One such way to ensure optimal engagement is through technology.
- Board portals. Increasingly more institutions and governing boards are using national or homegrown platforms to manage meeting schedules, agendas, reports, and other materials. In fact, nearly 86 percent of respondents in the 2015 Survey of Board Professionals reported that their board receives materials electronically. What’s great about these tools is that they help to streamline the process for sharing meeting materials and keep the board organized and engaged.
- Assessments. From individual trustee self-assessments to overall board assessments, engaging all players in a process of reflection and evaluation is a useful practice to consistently enhance the work of the board. Some institutions use electronic survey instruments (e.g. Google forms, Survey Monkey) to better manage responses.
- Virtual meetings. Over three quarters of public and independent governing boards permit remote participation in board or committee meetings, according to AGB Policies, Practices, and Composition of Governing and Foundation Boards 2016. The option of virtual meetings for those who cannot attend in person enables board members to stay engaged and actively involved in the work of their board. Now more than ever there are several useful (and free) sites that can be utilized to effectively facilitate meetings (e.g. Skype and GoToWebinar).