The programme

CouncilMARK™ incorporates an independent assessment system that assesses how councils are performing and the value they are delivering.  Councils receive an overall performance rating from a team of independent assessors and commentary on their performance. 

The four programme priorities

The four priorities areas for CouncilMARK™ are:

  • excellence in governance, leadership and strategy;
  • excellence and transparency in financial decision-making;
  • excellence in service delivery and asset management; and
  • strong engagement with the public and businesses.

CouncilMARK™ rewards robust decision-making, promotes a more responsive council culture, improved services and better communication.

The provision and communication of the performance assessment “rating” is not the end-game, rather the focus is on a long-term lift in council and sector outcomes, performance and reputation.

To view the latest CouncilMARK™ Prospectus, please click here.

A cycle of continuous improvement

CouncilMARK™ is cycle of continuous improvement. Councils and communities share information and input into decisions that over time will lead to more united plans, actions and achievements.

The programme rewards councils who actively involved their communities in information and decisions. As such, maintaining customer-focus becomes embedded in council objectives and culture. Councils will be offered tools, services, best practice, shared experiences and other assistance to help them fully transform to a more customer-focused organisation, with improved performance and outcomes.

A robust performance assessment framework

The CouncilMARK™ programme incorporates a set of performance measurement principles, an over-arching performance framework and a set of underlying performance indicators that will guide the team of independent assessors.

The four priority areas were derived from public and business feedback from the New Zealand Local Government Survey 2015.

LGNZ worked with Cameron Partners to develop indicators for each priority area contained with an overall performance “system” that:

  • enable a current state and gap analysis assessment for councils;
  • provide a grading in each area; and
  • lead to an overall publicly available rating.

To view the latest Performance Assessment Framework, please click here.