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Measuring the Performance of Human Service Programs
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Measuring the Performance of Human Service Programs

Second Edition


May 2009 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Today stakeholders demand accountability from government and nongovernmental human service organizations. Performance measurement has become the major method of performance accountability. So how can human service organizations develop and utilize program output, quality, and outcome performance measures to satisfy stakeholders? This Second Edition of Measuring the Performance of Human Service Programs explains in detail how to measure and assess program effectiveness. With special attention given to the four types of outcome performance measures—numeric counts, standardized measures, level of functioning (LOF) scales, and client satisfaction—this updated classic is the only resource focused exclusively on performance accountability and performance measurement in the human services.

Features in This Edition

  • Provides a fundamental understanding of performance accountability and performance measurement in human service programs with comprehensive and up-to-date material
  • Utilizes the systems model as a conceptual framework— a common conceptual framework in social work and the human services
  • Explains the different types of output (efficiency) performance measures—time, episode, material
  • Includes updated examples of efficiency, quality, and effectiveness performance measures in human service organizations
  • An Instructor's Resource site (http://www.sagepub.com/martinmeas2einstr) offers PowerPoint slides for each chapter and suggested assignments to accompany each chapter.
  • Intended Audience
    This book is designed for graduate courses on social work and human services and is also a invaluable resource for practitioners in human service organizations.

 
Preface
 
1. Performance Accountability and Performance Measurement
Introduction

 
What is a Program?

 
What is Performance Measurement?

 
Performance Measurement and the Systems Model

 
Why Adopt Performance Measurement?

 
 
2. Putting Performance Accountability and Performance Measurement in Perspective
Introduction

 
The Forces Promoting Performance Accountability and Performance Measurement

 
The Language and Structure of SEA Reporting

 
Developing and Using Performance Measures

 
 
3. Logic Models, Human Service Programs, and Performance Measurement
Introduction

 
Developing a Logic Model

 
Agency Strategic Plan Focus

 
Community Problem or Need Focus

 
Social Problem Focus

 
 
4. Output Performance Measures
Introduction

 
What are Output Performance Measures?

 
Developing Intermediate Output Performance Measures

 
Final Output Performance Measures

 
 
5. Quality Performance Measures
Introduction

 
What is Quality?

 
The Dimensions of Quality

 
Types of Quality Performance Measures

 
 
6. Outcome Performance Measures
Introduction

 
What are Outcome Performance Measures?

 
Client Problems Versus Client End States

 
The Four Types of Outcome Performance Measures

 
Intermediate and Final Outcome Performance Measures

 
Selecting Outcome Performance Measures

 
Cause-and-Effect Relationships

 
Social Indicators as Final Outcome Performance Measures

 
Outcome Performance Measures and Programs of Service

 
Assessing the Four Types of Outcome Performance Measures

 
 
7. Introduction
What are Numeric Counts?

 
Examples of Numeric Counts

 
The Preference for Numeric Counts

 
An Assessment of Numeric Counts

 
 
8. Standardized Measures
Introduction

 
What are Standardized Measures?

 
The Use of Standardized Measures for Evaluation Versus Research

 
Difference in Standardized Measures

 
Locating Standardized Measures

 
Using Standardized Measures as Outcome Performance Measures

 
Translating Standardized Measures Into Numeric Counts

 
An Assessment of Standardized Measures

 
 
9. Level of Functioning (LOF) Scales
Introduction

 
What are Level of Functioning (LOF) Scales?

 
Principles in Designing LOF Scales

 
Translating LOF Scales Into Numeric Counts

 
An Assessment of LOF Scales

 
 
10. Client Satisfaction
Introduction

 
Using Client Satisfaction as an Outcome Performance Measure

 
Translating Client Satisfaction Outcomes Into Numeric Counts

 
An Assessment of Client Satisfaction

 
 
11. Using Performance Measurement Information
Introduction

 
The Town

 
The Agency and the Human Service Programs

 
Planning Using Performance Measures

 
Monitoring Performance

 
Reporting Using Performance Measures

 
Performance Accountability and Performance Measurement

 
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

provides a good fundamental overview

Ms Karen Fay
Nonprofit Mange, Florida Atlantic Univ-Boca
November 5, 2014

I adopted this book since last semester because it provides clear frameworks for performance measurement in Human Service programs.

Thanks!

Dr Emmanuel Jean Francois
Human Service and Educational Leadership, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
March 27, 2012

This was an excellent source book for the class that I taught Spring, 2010: Program Evaluation -- a graduate course. The course will be taught in alternating years.

James Reed
Sociology Dept, Northern Arizona University
April 22, 2010

Short, to the point, and illuminates "measurement" thinking and decision making.
I used it last semester (Fall 2009) and this semester (Spring 2010).
I'm not sure if I will teach again this fall.

Allison Titcomb
School or Government & Public Policy, University of Arizona
March 2, 2010
Key features
  • Comprehensive and up to date treatment of the subject of performance accountability and performance measurement in human service programs.
  • Utilizes the systems model as a conceptual framework
  • Detailed Discussion of the four types of outcome (effectiveness) performance measures: (numeric counts, standardized measures, level of functioning (LOF) scales and client satisfaction.
  • Provides a detailed discussion of output (efficiency) performance measures including units of service and service completions.

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