Advanced Governance Diagnostics

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You can try out the FairShares Advanced Governance Diagnostics by visiting the website of the FairShares Association.


The FairShares Association’s governance auditing and diagnostic tools were strongly influenced by longitudinal studies and academic articles written at Sheffield Hallam University.

Key works include:

  • Ridley-Duff, R. J. (2005) Communitarian Perspectives on Corporate Governance, Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. [1]
  • Ridley-Duff, R. J. (2007) “Communitarian Perspectives on Social Enterprise”, Corporate Governance: an International Review, 15(2): 382-392. [2]
  • Coule, T. (2008) Strategies for Sustainability in the Voluntary Sector, Unpublished PhD Thesis, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Chadwick-Coule, T (2011). Social dynamics and the strategy process : bridging or creating a divide between trustees and staff?, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 40 (1): 33-56.

The advanced diagnostics are comprehensive – you’ll need 30 – 45 minutes to do them. They are designed as both CPD tools to develop individuals capacity, and as aids for organisation development so that governing bodies / social entrepreneurs can advance thinking from FairShares Model – Level 1 (Coaching/Social Audit) towards Levels 2 (Design and Development) and 3 (Reconstituting the Enterprise). The diagnostics collect stakeholder perspectives on the governance principles that are operating in a selected organisation.

Interpreting Results

Documentation on how to interpret the results of the Advanced Governance Diagnostics will appear here.

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