Monthly Archives: January 2011
|January 21, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Evaluation, Management, Research||
Outcomes. Performance. Effectiveness. Fidelity. For nonprofits, this is the language of accountability – accountability around what organizations are doing and how they are doing it. Program and organizational information is used to demonstrate progress to funders and stakeholders, as well as to improve operations, so it is imperative that the purpose and method of all measurement activities are clearly defined.
Have you been selected to design a performance measurement plan for your organization? Been asked to be the point person for an upcoming program evaluation? It may be time for a quick refresher in the vernacular then, and the first lesson is that not all measurement-related terms (or tasks) are interchangeable.
The ChildTrends research brief, Performance Management and Evaluation: What’s the Difference? by Karen Walker and Kristin Anderson, provides a thorough look at the many differences, and (not surprisingly) a few similarities between these two common measurement activities. While both rely on the collection and analysis of data, they vary in purpose and method of data collection, intended audience and how the concept of “progress” is defined and measured. The complete brief is available here .
Report Citation: Walker, K. and K. Anderson Moore (2011) PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT AND EVALUATION: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? ChildTrends Publication #2011-02
|January 19, 2011||Posted by M. P. under News, Research||
According to the report, Baby Boomers Approach Age 65 – Glumly by D’Vera Cohn and Paul Taylor, Baby Boomers are not nearly as optimistic about the future as the rest of us. Data from a series of surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center indicate that members of this cohort are markedly more gloomy about their own lives and pessimistic about the coming decades than other age groups. Specifically:
- 21 percent of Baby Boomers claim that their standard of living is beneath that of their own parents’ when they reached the same age;
- over one-third (34 percent) of Boomers believe their children will have an even lower standard of living than they have; and
- 57 percent of Boomers claim that their finances have taken a downturn since the onset of the recession
Will the attitudes of Boomers improve when we slowly move out of the recession, or has the fall from the economic heights of the past 20 years permanently soured their view on what lies ahead?
Visit the Pew Research Center website for reports on a variety of social, political and economic issues.
|January 18, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Education, Research||
The move toward unstructured playtime for youngsters is catching on according to the article Effort to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum by Hilary Stout in the January 5, 2010 edition of the New York Times. Evidence of the value of free play supports the push to reintegrate it into preschool and classroom (via recess) settings, but parents are also embracing the need for play guided by imagination, rather than electronic scores and levels or learning objectives.
Teaching kids how to play sounds almost… ridiculous, but in today’s highly structured, indoor-based, technologically-driven society, it may be exactly what they need.
|January 14, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Federal Government, News||