Policy Governance, created by Dr. John Carver, is an organizational philosophy designed to empower boards of directors (in Equity's case Council) to fulfill their mandates. The Policy Governance approach places primary importance on a board's responsibility to set specific goals for their organization. The staff of an organization is responsible for the achievement of these defined goals, within specific limits, also set by the board. Results are monitored through rigorous evaluation of the Association's accomplishments.
The Council agenda for an upcoming meeting is posted online once distributed to Council. Meeting motions a posted online as soon as possible following a Council meeting. Meeting minutes are posted online only after they have been approved by Council.
Systematic and rigorous monitoring of Ends and Executive Limitations Policies is undertaken by Council at most meetings. There are three monitoring methods that Council may invoke, a report from the Executive Director, judgment by a disinterested party (for example, an auditor) and in rare cases direct board (Council) inspection.
Monitoring information speaks directly to whether the expectations articulated in Council's Policies are being fulfilled. Monitoring Reports, prepared by Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan, describe actual performance compared to expected performance as stated in the specific policy criteria.
The stated purpose of Council is to see that Equity achieves "the professional, artistic and economic advancement of Equity members in the live performance community to the highest degree possible for a reasonable cost."Council's policies prescribe lawful governance with an emphasis on:
In the 2012-2015 term of Council, Equity changed its advisory structure from a habitual roster of regional committees, to a flexible slate of issue- or action-based advisories. These Committees are struck as needed throughout the term, and report directly to Council. The advisories can be regional, national, discipline or community-specific, as appropriate for the topic.
Any questions about the Council Advisory Committees may be directed to Equity's Council President Scott Bellis.
- outward vision rather than an internal preoccupation;
- encouragement of diversity in viewpoints;
- strategic leadership more than administrative detail;
- clear distinction of Council and chief executive roles;
- collective rather than individual decisions;
- future rather than past or present;
- proactivity rather than reactivity.