Principle 2: The Team
Aligned sport through collaborative governance
Across a sport, boards should work together to govern collaboratively and create alignment to maximise efficient use of resources and implement whole-of-sport plans.
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The board develops and publishes a strategy for engaging with, and listening to, the organisation’s members and stakeholders (including boards of their member; bodies)
The board identifies and implements opportunities to meet with and collaborate regularly with the boards of their member bodies
The organisation proactively engages, communicates and collaborates with its members, ensuring accountability and transparency
SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics Australia (SOA) sought feedback on engagement methods, activities and timing from members and stakeholders as part of the process of reviewing and updating their engagement strategy. The goal was an engagement strategy that is inclusive and fit for purpose, driving a high level of engagement.
As a result of the engagement process, SOA established a national council with state chairs and held virtual town hall meetings, which have informed tweaks to strategy and key changes to program delivery. SOA also introduced a monthly newsletter – Field of Play – which provides key updates and fosters open communication between the organisation and its members.
These initiatives led to a lift in the maturity score for Standard 2.1 from 3 to 4.