​How Effective is Your Board? Find Out for Yourself.

Boards that self-assess can better identify the areas in which they are performing well as a board, areas for improvement and areas of concern.

The GCE's Board Self-Assessment Tool is an instrument for board learning that can improve board effectiveness, and, in turn, enhance organizational performance. It supports governance improvement on a voluntary basis and can help strengthen commitment to effective governance practices.

The tool was designed with a wide health care sector audience in mind and is appropriate for both hospital and non-hospital organizations. It is based on the framework of the GCE’s Guide to Good Governance, third edition, and was developed to complement the Guide.

How it Works

The self-assessment is an online, questionnaire that takes about 20 minutes to complete (it must be completed in one sitting). When a board member submits their responses, they go directly to the GCE however the process is completely anonymous so the GCE cannot identify the individual who submitted the responses. Once the assessment is closed, the GCE will aggregate and tabulate the results, and format them into an easy-to-read report that can be distributed to board members through the primary contact coordinating the process.

Checklist for Hospitals
Checklist for Not-for-Profits

The 2019 assessment questionnaire will be available at the following times:

March 4, 2019 to June 4, 2019


September 4, 2019 to December 4, 2019 


Discussing assessment results can encourage more cohesion among board members by strengthening communications among members. Additional benefits include; improved understanding of what it means to be an effective board; agreement on board roles and responsibilities; and, members' renewed dedication to the board. 

Participating boards will receive:
  • An easy-to-read report of their board’s results, distributed to board members through their primary contact
  • For each assessment criterion, the board's average score as well as province-wide and sector based scores
  • A handbook on how to develop a governance action plan based on the results


There is no fee associated with participation in the self-assessment process for OHA Member Organizations.

Non-Members who wish to participate in the survey are su​bject to a fee of $450. If your organization is not an OHA Member and you wish to participate in the survey, please notify Patrick Houlden.


All survey data is treated with strict confidentiality. The GCE does not reveal raw data entries or the results of any individuals, nor do we discuss organizational/board practices and policies with any third party. All reports will only contain aggregated data of the board.

For More Information

Patrick Houlden
Learning Program Coordinator
416 205 1416