Sunday , March , 18 , 2018
The Institute Way Blog
Let’s get right to the point: if you have to ask how to measure the impact of an initiative, it means you got things back to front.
Asking “how do you measure the impact of an initiative” means you don’t already know what the measure is. Obviously. But it can also mean you don’t even know what the impact should be.
And that means you chose the initiative before you fully understood what you needed it for. Stay on this path, and you’ll end up wasting a lot of time, money, and angst.
As part of the KPI Basics series of content we are developing as part of the launch of the KPI.org website, I thought I would introduce the different types of key performance indicators. As I describe in the accompanying video, we like to use a framework called the Logic Model to describe the first four types.
I learned two lessons in college that I still think about – one in the kitchen and one as a strategy execution consultant. My professor claimed during a cell biology lesson that if you leave iceberg lettuce in water for about 20 minutes its cells expand as they soak up the water. He said that many chefs knew that soaking lettuce in cold water made it seem fresher and...
Most performance measures or KPIs will have targets. After all, we have them to focus us on improving performance. But that focus can fracture if we don’t take care in how we express our measures and our targets, so they speak the same language.
My daughter recently took an art camp offered by the city. When I arrived for pick up on the last day, the students were filling in program evaluations. Our later conversation about randomly filled bubbles, porta-potties, and palaces inspired me to revisit some important principles in KPI development.