ERIC Number: ED416297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Performance Measures: What Works? OJJDP Fact Sheet.
Garry, Eileen M.
Much of the tradition of performance measurement comes from the industrial part of the private sector, where work measurement looks at how to improve production. This approach does not translate well for entities that provide service. For them, a better approach is the change-agent model, which recognizes that the agency or program provides services (inputs) that act on the environment to produce demonstrable changes in the well-being of clients, families, or communities (outputs). An approach to performance measurement based on the change-agent model is set forth in "A Guide to Developing and Using Performance Measures in Results-Based Budgeting," a working paper of The Finance Project. The paper was developed to assist in achieving and measuring outcomes for children, families, and communities. As such, it is of interest to juvenile justice agencies and youth-serving organizations, whether they provide educational or social services. The "Guide" considers performance and results, and offers a four-quadrant approach that sorts performance measures to answer questions about services into blocks for quantity and quality, input and output, and that ask: (1) how much service was delivered; (2) how well was it delivered; (3) how much was produced; and (4) how good were the products. Examples of quadrants are given in the "Guide" for education, health, child welfare, welfare reform, mental health, juvenile justice, and child care licensing. These areas have many implications for the study of programs affecting urban youth. (Contains one figure.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Juvenile Justice, Measurement Techniques, Models, Outcomes of Education, Performance Based Assessment, Productivity, Program Evaluation, Urban Youth, Youth Programs
The Finance Project, 1000 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005 ($7.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.