Measures for Governance Objectives

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Measures for Governance Objectives


Byline: Jesus P Estanislao

THE key to meaningful actions in pursuit of Responsible Citizenship and Good Governance, the two strategic objectives under the perspective of values, is a set of simple measures by which we can track progress.

And what might these be?

It is easy to intone "Responsible Citizenship." It is common to invoke "Good Governance." But if we leave all these at that level, at the level of words, nothing much would happen to us. Nothing would really change for the better.

It is necessary, therefore, for us to have clear and simple measures, which will help indicate to us on whether or not we are making some real progress towards our two strategic objectives under the perspective of values. How would we know whether we have at hand the prospect of moving towards "Responsible Citizenship?" And what about our covering some distance towards "Good Governance?"

The first measure related to "Responsible Citizenship" is the Personal Governance Scorecard: How many individuals have crafted it for themselves and most probably are using it, so they develop themselves and help improve the environment around them as well?

The Personal Governance Scorecard applies the six perspectives and all the other elements of the balanced scorecard to our personal life. It gives substance to the proposition that all good governance starts with proper personal governance. It underscores the principle that in any society, individuals must try and make a positive difference, and the more there are of us who would seriously be doing just that, the better the prospect for our country.

The second measure, this one related to good institutional governance, applies the balanced scorecard also to the family, the school and business enterprise (or corporation), as well as to local governance units: All these may also craft their respective Institutional Governance Scorecard as a tool for further developing themselves and contributing to the common good in society. …

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