Elements of ECCQ Governance structure
Community Leadership Group
The Community Leadership Group (CLG) is the central governing group that leads, guides and directs the initiative. The CLG provides strategic leadership by setting long term vision, defining purpose and determining objectives. It also guides delivery by overseeing the work of the Management Committee, facilitating strategic planning, by driving operational performance, ensuring probity and confirming priorities. To ensure the viability of the initiative the Board develops and maintains external partnerships, engages investors, liaises with the Leadership Alliance and promotes the initiative to grow community confidence and participation.
The CLG is responsible for the progress of the initiative and is accountable for deliverables and desired outcomes.
Outcome Action Groups
These are collaborative leadership groups which aim to guide and direct work across outcome areas. Given the strategic nature of the OAG’s purview they are likely to influence sector specific actions, guide cross sectoral activity and focus attention on one or more locations simultaneously.
A Board member with responsibility for the relevant outcome will assist in the establishment of each OAG and continue as a member of that OAG to maintain a practical connection to the Board’s deliberations and decision making. OAG membership will be determined on need but will consist of sector leaders, topic experts and advocates who are willing to pursue priority outcomes by harnessing collaborative effort, encouraging innovation and creating the synergies necessary to bring about reform.
OAG’s will develop yearly plans that align to the Board Strategic Plan and report through the Director Operations to the Community Leadership Group regarding progress on a quarterly basis.
This team is the operational powerhouse of ECCQ and is dedicated to enacting the initiative’s operating strategy, supporting aligned activities, establishing shared measurement practices, facilitating action groups and project teams, phasing program work and effectively utilising resources/ funding.
Team members may be directly employed, co-opted from, or out-posted by, partner agencies and could include volunteers.
Project Teams/Community Partnerships
Are typically groups of actors that are focused on specific projects or local responses, that may be pre-existing or developed by OAG’s, to progress particular tasks, problem solve or address issues impacting on identified cohorts or places. Such teams are likely to be smaller in size, have less diverse membership, and be more time limited than OAG’s.
Where existing partnerships or projects are working toward the desired outcome area of ECCQ they can be identified as project teams and thus receive the support of OAG’s, lever off other teams and access ECCQ data resources as required. ECCQ does not wish to ‘takeover’ community led partnerships or control existing projects (unless an agreement to do so is gained) and does not seek to create competing projects but aims to facilitate mutually reinforcing activity via the OAG structure.
Individuals, companies, not-for-profit entities, government agencies and communities are all eligible to be part of ECCQ as equal participants notwithstanding sponsorships, grants and philanthropic contributions. All such contributions will be transparently notified on EECQ website and real or perceived conflicts managed by the Management Committee to ensure probity and public confidence are maintained.