Spring 2009 Course Description

Policy Research Project

Section Title: Study of Performance Measurement Methodology in Nonprofits
Instructor(s): Deborah Edward
Course: P A 682B - Policy Research Project
Unique Number: 62195
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.108
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Notes: Note: This class met on Thursday during the fall 08 semester

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: Nonprofits must assess their impact beyond the financial bottom line and provide evidence of effectiveness and efficiency to multiple stakeholders. Performance measurement concepts and tools are plentiful but there is question about how well these measures actually reflect mission. This project will collect quantitative and qualitative information to paint a picture of how nonprofit leaders think about performance measurement and how they organize, fund, execute and use performance measurement in the field.

This PRP includes four primary tasks: (1) develop a compendium of resources about performance measurement tools, practices, research and issues; (2) design and execute a survey of nonprofits that results in a high response rate and valuable data about tools and attitudes regarding performance measurement; (3) design, organize, conduct and write-up interviews with nonprofit leaders about performance measurement and; (4) organize results into a usable data archive of qualitative and quantitative information.

This project will allow students to learn about the nonprofit sector and dimensions of performance measurement. Students will acquire skills in survey design and implementation, structured interviewing, historical research, sampling, organization of data, and data analysis. Students will strengthen skills of project management and working in teams for a client with high expectations. This course counts as a core course for the Portfolio in Nonprofit Studies

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