These slides by Paul Hesselman present ways to get the most out of your steering committee. They address how to increase the awareness of the steering committees in regard to tasks to be prioritised during the project. Tools are presented to help create this awareness and ensure that the steering committee can work effectively and hold effective meetings.
A list of things to arrange is presented which is to support project control and efficiency - among these thing are stong governance and clearly defined goals.
To ensure that steering committees are effecient, Hesselman suggests to use Prince2 in order to outline duties and responsibilities.