The Role of PerformWell
PerformWell provides practical knowledge that nonprofit professionals can use to manage performance on a day-to-day basis. Information in PerformWell leverages research-based findings that have been synthesized and simplified by experts in the field. To become an effective nonprofit, an organization must engage in ongoing performance management. This is distinct from evaluation in that performance management is done internally, it’s ongoing, it involves real-time data collection and analysis, and it’s used to guide the continuous improvement of the organization.
Evaluation is generally a one-time or periodic activity and usually involves more extensive data collection and analysis. Much has been done regarding outcome measurement and evidence based/evaluated programs, but virtually nothing exists to guide the nonprofit practitioner in managing performance. This is the focus of PerformWell.
There are currently two ways to contribute to PerformWell content: recommending a survey/assessment and developing new content.
Recommend a Survey/Assessment
Would you like to recommend that a specific tool is included in PerformWell? The PerformWell Content Committee considers all suggestions in the context of our criteria for inclusion: we prioritize tools that are research-based, practitioner-friendly, free and publicly available (although proprietary tools available at a cost may be considered in some cases). Anyone can recommend a survey/assessment.
Develop New Content
A more involved level of partnership involves research and putting together all content in an area - outcomes, indicators, improve service delivery, tools – under the oversight of the PerformWell Content Committee. This role requires that funds be identified ahead of time and is appropriate for partners with expertise in a specific area. This type of content partner is typically a research organization.