A. Establish a Governing Body

Establishing a governing body to oversee and manage the activities of an initiative is a key component of governance. Governing bodies that meet on a regular basis are important for engaging and maintaining organizational members’ interest, providing a forum for discussing progress and trouble-shooting emergent problems, facilitating collaborative decision making, and assessing project implementation.

Establishing a governing body with fiduciary responsibility is also important for securing funding and allocating resources to sustain and implement an initiative. Governing bodies typically consist of leaders from stakeholder groups and members typically have executive-level authority to make key decisions and ensure that those decisions produce the intended actions. Giving each agency a voice in the governing body can help sustain buy-in and provide a venue for addressing any conflicts that may arise.

Pennsylvania Justice Network (J-NET) Steering Committee

 J-NET is a statewide system for information sharing among public safety agencies. The J-NET Steering Committee, which consists of members of 16 state agencies, was established to develop “a tactical plan for the deployment of JNET Project functionality and associated information sharing requirements.” Click here to read more about J-NET’s governance model.

Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC): Salt Lake City, Utah.

Salt Lake County’s CJAC is a governing body with members from  city, county and state criminal justice, social service, and public health agencies, as well as elected officials, that was established to oversee and coordinate several interagency initiatives aimed at reducing crime and promoting social justice. A well-balanced composition of executive leaders and agency stakeholders makes CJAC well placed for effective governance, and to achieve their stated mission: “implementing effective and efficient methods of reducing recidivism and promoting crime prevention through collaboration and coordination.”