Management Committees need to develop organisational policies in order to implement the strategic aims and priorities of the organisation.
Policies provide guidance so that each time a question arises about how to implement a broad decision, there are some parameters to inform the response. Policy guidelines articulate how an organisation's overall mission and aspirations are to be pursued.
The operating environment for organisations is continually changing. This change may be in government policy or in social trends, it may be legislative. The Management Committee has a key role to play in ensuring that an organisation is aware of the environment. This can be done through being well linked in with other organisations and individuals and ensuring that committee members are keeping up to date with trends and changes in the environment.
Click on the attached file to download a flowchart of the role the management committee should play in the development of policy in order to carry out their responsibilities. This flowchart has been developed based on material from NCVO's Good Trustee Guide 2003
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Policy development involves identifying need, gathering information, drafting, consulting and review.
Stages in policy development
The following steps summarise the key stages involved in developing policies:
1. Identify need
Policies can be developed:
The need for policy development needs to be kept under constant review. Organisations need to consider both internal and external policies required by the organisation.
Policy development falls into two distinct categories: