The Steering Committee (or steering board or group) includes high level executives from private and public-sector institutions relevant to the focus and scope of the exercise. It is usually responsible for strategic decisions and for legitimating and building support for the exercise.
The main tasks of the Steering Committee usually include:
- Approving and validating the objectives, focus, scope, methodology, work programme, major decisions, and communications strategy;
- Structuring the dialogue between the actors at the highest level so as to shape the strategic orientation of the project;
- Evaluating project progress, monitoring the quality assurance process;
- Validating and endorsing at the highest level the results of the project and their implementation and contributing to their dissemination;
- Raising awareness, mobilising high-level experts and appointing them to various panels;
- Rormulating the strategic and policy recommendations.
In the composition, the following important considerations have to be taken into account:
- Involving people at the right level, which is often, but not always, at the highest possible level;
- Keeping the balance between the different stakeholders (public / private, institutions / NGOs).
The Steering Committee will meet when major decisions have to be taken or approved, typically from 2 to 4 times a year. These meetings are major milestones in the exercise and should therefore be carefully prepared. The Steering Committee might be backed up by a Technical Committee which will deal with the more day-to-day operational issues.
There is more information on the role of the steering committee in some of the example cases: