Overview of a Programs Committee
This Committee provides guidance, oversight, and support to ensure high-quality
programs and services. Typical recurring annual goals might be to ensure:
- Each program has goals and services that are designed to meet verified needs
in the community, achieve desired outcomes among specific groups of clients,
and be in accordance with the mission. This could include identifying collaborators,
competitors, pricing, etc., for each program.
- Each program is fully resourced to deliver desired services.
- Each program is evaluated to verify that desired outcomes are achieved.
- The process in each program is evaluated to achieve continuous improvement.
- Operations of each program remain effective and efficient.
The Committee should have a work plan that itemizes these, or very similar,
annual goals and also associated objectives with each goal such that when the
objectives are achieved in total, they also will have achieved their respective
goal. When committees do not have work plans, they often flounder in finding
valuable and focused means to provide value to the Board. Unfortunately, in
these situations, many Board mistakenly conclude that “committees do not
work”, or they reduce the number of committees, thinking that inactive
committees were because there were too many — rather than realizing that committees
can be extremely useful when focused on the most important annual recurring
Additional Perspectives on Programs Committees
Related Library Topics
Learn More in the Library’s Blogs Related to This Topic
In addition to the articles on this current page, also see
the following blogs have posts related to this topic. Scan
down the blog’s page to see various posts. Also, see the section
“Recent Blog Posts” in the sidebar of the blog or click
on “next” near the bottom of a post in the blog. The
blog also links to numerous free related resources.
›Return to All About Boards of Directors
For the Category of Boards of Directors:
To round out your knowledge of this Library topic, you may
want to review some related topics, available from the link below.
Each of the related topics includes free, online resources.
Also, scan the Recommended Books listed below. They have been
selected for their relevance and highly practical nature.