Are We There Yet? A Conversation on Performance Measures in the Third Sector

In the attempt to prove our performance, practitioners often are pulled between using frameworks, definitions, and measurements that are meaningful to us and our communities and those that are more generalizable and comparable to other programs but may feel slightly off base. The sector as a whole does need bigger and more coherent data, but how might that compromise the work of individual nonprofits that have worked hard on a tailored approach and don’t see the fit? This article is a peek into a high-level conversation about these tradeoffs.