Programs Committees

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    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:

    1. 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.
    2. Each program is fully resourced to deliver desired services.
    3. Each program is evaluated to verify that desired outcomes are achieved.
    4. The process in each program is evaluated to achieve continuous improvement.
    5. 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

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