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AmeriCorps Performance Measures

Note: Information on this page is subject to change.  Applicants should always refer to the performance measure instructions published with the NOFO.  Grantees should refer to the performance measure instructions for the grant year in which they were funded.

CNCS' Performance Measurement framework provides a common focal point for CNCS' work across all programs and initiatives. CNCS has a focused set of agency-wide Priority Measures derived from the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. Every CNCS Program will contribute to the Priority Measures. There are also specific grantee/sponsor measures that roll up into the Priority Measures, which you can see in the Priority Measures chart.

See how your program measures fit in with the 16 Agency-Wide Performance Measures. Back to CNCS Performance Measurement home.

AmeriCorps Performance Measures
Focus Areas
Agency-Wide Priority Measures
AmeriCorps Complementary Program Measures
Programs may report on Goal 1

Increase the impact of national service on community needs in communities served by CNCS-supported programs.

Programs may report on Goal 3

Maximize the value we add to grantees, partners and participants.


Agency-Wide Priority Measure: One of a set of 16 National Performance Measures aligned with the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan that allows us to assess the individual and collective results of programs, continue to enhance program effectiveness, and tell the national story of service.

Capacity Building: A set of activities that expand the scale, reach, efficiency, or effectiveness of programs and organizations. Activities may also leverage resources for programs and/or organizations. For example, capacity building activities may expand services, enhance delivery of services, or generate additional resources. These activities achieve lasting positive outcomes for the beneficiary populations served by CNCS-supported organizations.

Complementary Program Measure: A standardized National Performance Measure that allows us to measure results of important programmatic activities not collected in the Agency-Wide Priority Measures, and also to assess the individual and collective results of programs and continue to enhance program effectiveness.

Focus Area: One of a set of 6 core priority issue areas identified in the Serve America Act where we focus national service and measure its impact.

Objective: A more specific focus and action plan within each Focus Area.

Outcome: A type of measure that indicates progress toward achieving the intended result of a program, which usually represents a change in the situation of beneficiaries of service, such as educational achievement or housing.

Output: A type of measure that tabulates, calculates, or records the actual products or services delivered by a program, such as students receiving tutoring or houses built.

Performance Measure: A value or characteristic that measures progress toward goals, and also used to improve progress, reduce risks, or improve cost-effectiveness.

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