NGA external reviews of governance usually result in a board development plan based on the recommendations made in the review. Many boards find it helpful to factor in a formal check on progress being made with this plan. Booking a consultant to carry out a progress review provides useful evidence of the work that has been undertaken and the impact it is having. At the end of the review, the board will have a short report on the progress made along with any additional recommendations for further development.
How the progress review works
The progress review will usually be undertaken by the consultant that carried out the external review. In some cases this may not be possible or preferable and this will be discussed when booking the review.
The progress review will usually include:
- A re-run of the online board appraisal
- Examination of the board’s development plan
- A review of board packs - agendas, minutes and other documents
- Conversations with the chair, senior executive leader and other key personnel
- A short written report on progress made and any additional recommendations
A progress review must be booked to take place within a year of the original review being booked. The aim is that all progress reviews are concluded four to six weeks after being booked.
All NGA consultants are carefully recruited, trained and quality assured. All progress reviews are quality assured by senior staff.