Good Governance Project is now gathering data on perceptions of APA governance
The Good Governance Project, launched in January as part of APA’s first strategic plan, is evaluating APA’s governance system to see what, if any, changes are needed to optimize organizational effectiveness.
Right now, the project team is gathering information from meeting key stakeholders. Project consultants from Cygnet Strategy have met with APA’s Council of Representatives, State Leadership Conference attendees, and Consolidated Meeting members and staff liaisons. They have also conducted several dozen individual interviews from a cross-section of APA leaders past, present and future. The interviews allowed for in-depth understanding of the issues and helped prepare for the onsite guided group discussions.
At each of the guided group sessions, the consultants collected responses to a series of questions and discussions. That collated data are being evaluated by six subgroups from the project team. Each group is doing an in-depth analysis of one question across all of the sampled groups, looking for “truths, trends and unique ideas” in preparation for the team’s virtual meeting. The data will provide a better picture of the perception of governance, openness for change, primary themes of what works and what doesn’t, and what additional information is needed. To reach additional stakeholders, the team will design self-guided discussion instructions for groups to use on their own and an online survey instrument to gather input from interested individuals.
The Good Governance Project team will also be at APA’s Annual Convention, in Washington, D.C., Aug. 4–7, holding sessions with APA’s council, division leaders and other members.
In November, the team will complete a final review of all the data, present key findings, prepare an interim report and discuss initial possibilities. The Board of Directors will discuss initial findings and implications at its December meeting and it is anticipated they will bring those to the council for discussion in February.
For more information about the project, go to APA Good Governance.
If you have questions or ideas, please contact Nancy Gordon Moore, PhD, MBA, executive director of APA Governance Affairs.