ISRs were created to take a fresh look at performance
evaluation and ongoing organizational efforts to improve accountability/profitability,
quality, and impact. ISRs offer timely and objective analysis of a particular,
initiative, product, program, or policy. They answer the questions: What's happening
Most important, the status is assessed relative to the initiative's
own goals. Using standard research methodologies, ISRs help fill
the gap between journalistic reporting and long-term research. They
provide a depth of analysis and quick turn-around time that make
them useful tools in any accountability/profitability plan. The
prompt feedback from each report can be used: by participants to
make mid-course corrections and enhance effectiveness; by funding
sources (investors) to assess how well their resources are being
utilized; and by senior level managers to be kept apprised of ongoing
ISR is clear, concise, and objective and adheres to a consistent format. A brief
Introduction and Background provide overall context for the initiative being evaluated.
Specific questions to be answered are laid out clearly. Each criterion for analysis,
or Status Point, is addressed individually, while a separate category for General
Status Points allows for inclusion of information outside the original scope of
the evaluation. Important questions discovered during the course of the report
which will be useful to making improvements are contained in the final section,
For the Future.
The Initiative Status Report
is an innovative short-term evaluation that provides unbiased research-based evaluations
and can be turned around in as little as four weeks a real advantage to organizations
on the fast-track.
Can your organization afford to be without an evaluation/performance
Organizations are frequently so busy focused on delivery to their
clients that performance evaluation takes a back seat. Organizations
fall short when it comes to tracking and evaluating their work
exactly what they need to do in order to attract new clients and
revenue sources and keep themselves in business.
an analysis of assessment/accountability processes and tools helps
effectively deliver the information the organization needs to have
a greater impact. An annual evaluation/performance plan builds on
what is already in place and creates a sophisticated system that
fits within the organization's capacity to deliver and gives it
the information to deliver.
Evaluation/performance plans give you what you need, in formats
you want, to build your organization's efficiency and impact.