GGI has developed a suite of diagnostic tools that CCGs can use to test whether they are achieving good governance outcomes.
These tools were developed through an exhaustive consultation process with CCGs which involved developmental workshops across the country and more than 40 CCGs testing or reviewing the tools in draft. The tools have also been discussed and debated via LinkedIn, Twitter and through a series of online webinars run by GGI.
Five tools have been produced, details of which can be found below. The foundation of these tools is the maturity matrix, with the other tools being based on the Matrix's content.
This maturity matrix has been designed to help CCGs self-assess that they are achieving the expected desirable outcomes of good governance practice. This matrix works by describing the key elements of good governance outcomes along the y-axis, and graduations of 'maturity' along the x-axis. It can be used in a variety of ways, for example, as a simple self-assessment tool or as a benchmarking tool to identify examples of good practice that other CCGs could learn from.
Standards and evidence
This standards and evidence tool has been developed to help CCGs self-assess whether they are achieving the desirable outcomes of good governance practice using an auditable, standards and evidence approach. This tool works by describing a series of standards in statement form and listing indicative evidence alongside these. The CCG can then self-assess whether it is meeting the standard by seeking out the suggested evidence that indicates the standard has been met. The tool is very suitable when a high-degree of assurance is required, or as preparation for an external review.
This observation tool has been designed to help CCGs assess whether they are achieving the desirable outcomes of good governance practice using feedback from the external observation of meetings. Observation of meetings in CCGs, including the governing body meeting and other committee meetings, is a useful way to ascertain whether some of the beneficial outcomes of good governance are being achieved by a CCG. The tool sets out the various elements that contribute to a good meeting observation, and provides detailed examples of how results can be fed back to the CCG.
This peer review tool has been designed to help CCGs assess whether they are achieving the desirable outcomes of good governance practice using feedback from peer observation of meetings or evaluation of work. Professional peer review is designed to improve quality, uphold standards and offer ideas for improvement, and is well suited to governance reviews in CCGs. It is distinct from simple observation in that it will tend to involve groups of peers and also take into account several governance processes. This tool sets out the various lines of enquiry that should be adopted when conducting a peer review, and provides detailed examples of how results can be fed back to the CCG.
This survey tool has been designed to help CCGs self-assess whether they are achieving the desirable outcomes of good governance practice. This tool is flexible, and can be used in different parts of the organisation and with different stakeholders in order to gain specific insights into whether the CCG is achieving good governance outcomes.