Posts Tagged by performance management
|February 24, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Evaluation, Management, Program Model, Technology||
The post by Paul Duigan, Paul Duigan on DoView and Visually Representing Outcomes, at the AEA365 Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators Blog is meaty fare for nonprofit professionals looking for a new approach to the coordination and presentation of organizational activities. Dr Duigan’s method includes a series of visual depictions of the interrelated workings of organizational processes such as evaluation, strategic planning and ongoing monitoring in one large (and involved) model. Utilizing visual models, rather than the traditional narrative form of most planning and evaluation tools, may increase the efficiency of the process and its appeal to a wider audience.
Additional information on Paul Duigan’s work is available on his website, OutcomesCentral.org, which is a treasure trove of resources and multi-media presentations on outcomes, performance management, strategic planning and modeling.
|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