Quotation Willems, Jurgen, Huybrechts, Gert, Jegers, Marc, Weijters, Bert, Vantilborgh, Tim, Bidee, Jemima, Pepermans, Roland. 2012. Nonprofit Governance Quality: Concept and Measurement. Journal of Social Service Research. 38 (4), 561-578.




A nonprofit “governance quality index” was developed to enable verification and falsification of contemporary theoretical insights on social service organizations. Indicators were generated based on an extensive qualitative exploration. For the quantitative validation, a data set was composed of 526 respondents from 52 organizations. Five subdimensions of governance quality are introduced and are recommended to be used as separate scales, rather than combined into a single score on governance quality. Furthermore, the recommendation is made to rely on multiple raters per organization to assess governance quality or related concepts, given the substantial within-organization variance found.


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  • Nonprofit governance
  • formative construct,
  • multilevel analysis

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Social Service Research
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Nonprofit Governance Quality: Concept and Measurement
Volume 38
Number 4
Year 2012
Page from 561
Page to 578
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234162964_Nonprofit_Governance_Quality_Concept_and_Measurement
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2012.703578
Open Access N


Willems, Jurgen (Details)
Bidee, Jemima (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Huybrechts, Gert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Jegers, Marc (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Pepermans, Roland (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Vantilborgh, Tim (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Weijters, Bert (Ghent University, Belgium)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
6906 Public research (Details)
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