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Managing and Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Organizations An Integrated Approach von Poister, Theodore H. (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 28.08.2014
  • Verlag: Jossey-Bass
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Managing and Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

New edition of a classic guide to ensuring effective organizational performance Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of Managing and Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Organizations is a comprehensive resource for designing and implementing effective performance management and measurement systems in public and nonprofit organizations. The ideas, tools, and processes in this vital resource are designed to help organizations develop measurement systems to support such effective management approaches as strategic management, results-based budgeting, performance management, process improvement, performance contracting, and much more. The book will help readers identify outcomes and other performance criteria to be measured, tie measures to goals and objectives, define and evaluate the worth of desired performance measures, and analyze, process, report, and utilize data effectively. Includes significant updates that offer a more integrated approach to performance management and measurement Offers a detailed framework and instructions for developing and implementing performance management systems Shows how to apply the most effective performance management principles Reveals how to overcome the barriers to effective performance management
Managing and Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Organizations identifies common methodological and managerial problems that often confront managers in developing performance measurement systems, and presents a number of targeted strategies for the successful implementation of such systems in public and nonprofit organizations. This must-have resource will help leaders reach their organizational goals and objectives.


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    Seitenzahl: 480
    Erscheinungsdatum: 28.08.2014
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781118958551
    Verlag: Jossey-Bass
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Managing and Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Introduction to Performance Measurement and Management

Performance management focuses organizations on results through the use of performance information in various decision-making venues. The practice of performance management had its origin in the early twentieth century, and through sporadic and varied implementation efforts, it has appeared in numerous permutations in a variety of settings at the municipal, state, and national levels. In spite of this lengthy history, it has been only since the 1980s that performance management has evolved into a burgeoning field of practice that permeates public and nonprofit administration at all levels and locations around the globe. It has been said that performance is pervasive (Radin, 2006), and that is a fair assessment. This book sets out to provide a clear understanding of the concept and practice of performance management in modern governance, which incorporates the current reality that public goods and services are provided by public, nonprofit, and private organizations and various combinations of these.

The scope of performance management is wide. It has become a central part of governance and decision making at all levels of government - domestic and international - and has begun to permeate nonprofit practice as well. Carolyn Heinrich (2007) refers to the rise of perfor--mance management as follows: "The rise of the development of performance management systems and practices has been nothing short of meteoric; both nationally and locally, performance management is now a goal or function of most governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and in many countries, legislation and cabinet-level entities have been created to support it" (256).

To extend our understanding, we first situate performance management within the broader field of public management, the implementation side of the public policy process. It is carried out by public servants in local, state, and federal governments in the United States and other governments around the globe. Public management encompasses the work of the bureaucracy, and as such it has increased in size and scope over time. The Progressive movement of the 1920s heralded an era of professional government based on rational principles. One manifestation of that shift was the development of the federal civil service system. The social, economic, and environmental policy programs of the 1960s expanded the scope of public management again. Now government has given way to the broader concept of governance, which takes into account the fact that public goods and services are increasingly delivered by third parties, including private sector firms, other levels of government, and nonprofit organizations (Frederickson & Frederickson, 2006).

Throughout these periods, there have been numerous reform efforts grounded in rationality - attempts to make government decisions and administration less political, and less subjective, through the use of objective decision strategies. Deborah Stone (1997) referred to this as the government rationality movement. But each rationality-based approach could also be viewed as reform oriented, intended to better hold bureaucrats accountable. Program evaluation, zero-based budgeting, strategic planning, and, of course, performance measurement all offer examples of such rationality-oriented reform strategies, though this is only a partial list. As Dubnick and Frederickson (2011) observed, there has been undue emphasis on implementing new reform strategies without sufficient attention to their potential problems. Romzek (2000) tells us that new reform strategies always introduce new accountability requirements that are added to, rather than replace, the old ones. Moynihan (2008) reflects on the relative ease associated with adopting performance measurement symbolically without the substantive commitment

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