Impetus-PEF just launched “The performance imperative”, seeking to answer two important questions: what does a high-performance organisation look like in the social sector, and what are the key disciplines needed to achieve high performance?

To What End? In Other Words, Why Should You Care About High Performance?

In this era of scarcity and seismic change, high performance matters more than ever. The social and public sectors simply don’t have money to expend on efforts that are based primarily on good intentions and wishful thinking rather than rigor and evidence. They are increasingly steering resources toward efforts that are based on a sound analysis of the problem or need, grounded assumptions about how an organization’s activities can lead to the desired change, assessments to determine whether hard work is paying off, and a desire to keep getting better over time. This formula is at the core of high performance—and it’s just as applicable to organizations that are cutting-edge innovators as it is to institutions that are tried-and-true.

Who Can Benefit From the PI?

Achieving high performance does require significant resources. Therefore, we believe the insights in this document are most applicable to organizations that have budgets of $3 million or more and are not so starved for flexible dollars they can’t fathom investing in their own infrastructure. But even if you have a smaller budget and tight financial constraints, you will still find ideas here to help you get better at getting better.

The PI focuses on the level of an individual organization rather than the level of communities, fields, or ecosystems. We put forward an organization-level framework because we believe that high-performance collaborations require high-performance organizations at their core.

Full report can be viewed and downloaded from here:

Performance Imperative


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