Board of Health Self-Evaluation


Category: Board of Health
Subject: Board of Health Self-Evaluation
Division: N/A 
Policy Number: CA.45.01.502
Effective Date: October 5, 2016


The Board of Health (BOH) for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) recognizes that in order to be effective in its governance role, it must continuously monitor and evaluate its own performance, processes, and practices. The BOH believes that regular self-assessment is essential to improving leadership, and supports the attainment of the Agency’s vision, mission, values, and goals. To this end, the BOH shall complete Board and Committee formal self-assessments with the development of action plans as needed, on an annual basis.

This commitment is consistent with the requirements of the Ontario Public Health Organizational Standards (OPHOS):

4.3 Board of health self-evaluation

The board of health shall have a self-evaluation process of its governance practices and outcomes that is implemented at least every other year and results in recommendations for improvements in board effectiveness and engagement. This may be supplemented by evaluation by key partners and/or stakeholders.

  • The self-evaluation process shall include consideration of whether:
  • Decision-making is based on access to appropriate information with sufficient time for deliberations;
  • Compliance with all federal and provincial regulatory requirements is achieved;
  • Any material notice of wrongdoing or irregularities is responded to in a timely manner;
  • Reporting systems provide the board with information that is timely and complete;
  • Members remain abreast of major developments in governance and public health best practices, including emerging practices among peers; and
  • The board as a governing body is achieving its strategic outcomes.


The purpose of the BOH self-assessment is to give all BOH members an opportunity to evaluate and discuss the BOH’s performance with candor and from multiple perspectives.

Self-assessment is helpful when the BOH is functioning well as a way to ensure continuous improvement in the way the BOH conducts its business. The assessment is particularly valuable when the BOH is not functioning at an optimal level, providing a mechanism for identification and development of action plans for areas requiring improvement.

The BOH believes the assessment will lead to a closer working relationship among BOH members, greater efficiency in the use of the BOH’s time, and increased effectiveness of the BOH as a governing body.

The self-assessment process will provide insight into overall BOH member engagement in the performance of the BOH.


This policy applies to all members of the BOH for WDGPH.


Corresponding Procedure:  N/A


Chair of the Board of Health


Chair of the Board of Health