Our Vision and Ends – as updated April 2018


Toward securing and sustaining a healthy future for all, we envision a world in which governance is widely recognized as a distinct, disciplined practice and boards commonly embrace integrated governance systems and lead with purpose—in partnership with their owners, stakeholders, and communities—to enhance the common good.


People around the world benefit from increasing numbers of governing boards using principled, systematic approaches to achieve effective owner-accountable governance. The results produced are worth the investment of resources.

1.1   Advancing Governance Excellence

Governing boards and those interested in governance have a shared and evolving understanding of governance excellence.

1.1.1   Defining Governance Excellence

Governance excellence draws inspiration from an integrated system of principles, as exemplified by Policy Governance®, that aligns the organizational purpose with the intentions of those to whom the governing board owes its primary allegiance, and the interests of the community in which it operates.

1.2   Achieving Governance Excellence

Governing boards and those interested in governance have the awareness, knowledge and support they need to achieve excellence.

1.2.1.  Awareness

They demonstrate awareness of principled, systematic, and accountable approaches.

1.2.2.  Knowledge and Research

They readily reference a growing body of knowledge and research that supports advancing excellence.

1.2.3. Community Support

They engage with an inclusive community with which to share in order to advance governance excellence.

1.2.4. Expert Support

They obtain expertise and resources to assist them in achieving governance excellence from a body of qualified people.

Find out more at www.policygovernanceassociation.org

IPGA's Criteria for Advanced Systems of Governance

Policy Governance® is an internationally registered service mark of John Carver. Registration is only to ensure accurate description of the model rather than for financial gain. The model is available free to all with no royalties or license fees for its use. The authoritative website for Policy Governance is www.carvergovernance.com.


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