Policy Governance is a trademarked governance model designed for Boards of Directors that provides a clear differentiation between governance and management responsibilities in organizations. The model was developed by John Carver.

The Policy Governance model is a paradigm shift to the traditional practice of governance. The model is a principle-based model that is aligned with general systems theory. The 10 principles define appropriate relationship between the Board and owners, CEO, staff, and consumers.

Policy Governance begins with a clear definition of governance as "Seeing to it that the organization achieves what it should and avoids unacceptable situations." From this definition, board governance is at an arm's length from operations.”…

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