Committees

Committee self-evaluation

The committee self-evaluation process is a collective, introspective, and comprehensive reflection by your committee members. By asking specific questions, your committee members, in collaboration with the committee chair, can find way for enhance the effectiveness of the committee.

Your committee should conduct a self-evaluation on an annual basis. This evaluation can be done in a number of different ways. The sample evaluation tool included here are examples and intended to provide a starting point to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of your committee. Your committee should use the evaluation process to identify strengths and weaknesses, to flag areas for improvement, and to plan for further action as appropriate.

Before you complete the evaluation, determine how you are going to ensure the responses you receive will reflect an open and positive exchange of ideas and opinions. The self-evaluation process should not become an opportunity to criticize anyone in particular or to vent frustrations about members of the committee. You should also determine how to best report or share the findings (all findings) of the self evaluation before the evaluation.

Sample Committee Evaluation Tool

Best practice tip

Self-evaluation is a relatively easy way to improve the effectiveness of your committee. Many committees already plan a self-evaluation exercise each year. If you're not in the habit of doing this yet, now might be a good time to start!

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