`Its emphasis on performance measurement affords rare insights into some innovative techniques. Moreover, institutional and other theories are deployed to explore the reasons for innovation.... The book should be a prized resource for postgraduate students who seek a deeper understanding of social enterprise measurement and management practices. It covers extremely and topical issues, while the case studies offer a perspective on the complexities of real social enterprises' - Prometheus `Recent years have seen the voluntary and social enterprise sectors embark on a tentative love affair with performance measurement. We should, it seems, be measuring, monitoring and reporting our performance for a variety of reasons - accountability, continuous improvement and self-motivation, to name a few. But has anyone stopped to consider the realities if implementing the range of tools on the market? Author Rob Paton does just this' - Voluntary Sector Managing and Measuring Social Enterprises examines the question of what happens when performance improvement techniques originating in the private sector are applied to public and nonprofit organizations. Managing and Measuring Social Enterprises looks critically at a range of performance measurements and improvement methods, including: · Outcome measurement · Using financial ratios for performance comparison · Social audit · Process benchmarking · Externally accredited standards (like `Investors in People' and ISO 9000) · Diagnostic models and other tools from the quality movements · `Balanced scorecards' Rob Paton offers a measured critique of the naïve realism and rhetorical excesses of the performance management movement but also shows why many of its critics are unduly pessimistic. Through a combination of theory and research, the book provides practical guidance to the problem of performance management outside of the private sector. This is an essential text for those interested in public and social enterprises, particularly MBA and Masters students in public administration/public management and non-profit management.
Chapter 1: The Challenge of Social Performance
How good are we at doing good? This book is about managing organizations that exist in order to make a difference to lives and societies. It is about the challenges of running projects, activities and collaborations in pursuit of high aspirations – and doing so at a time when public trust in those who profess social ideals and motivations has declined. It is about those situations where it may be hard to know how much good the organization is really doing, and how well it is run. In these cases how can those responsible find better ways of doing things and how can they give a meaningful account of their stewardship of resources? In particular, this ...