Performance Measurement Core Curriculum

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.

The following material has been developed to help grantees, sub-grantees and sponsors understand the CNCS performance measures. Except where noted otherwise, this material can be used with sub-grantees, grantees and sponsors of AmeriCorps State and National, Senior Corps, and AmeriCorps VISTA.

You are encouraged to use this material to improve your understanding of key performance measurement concepts including:

If you are a trainer, the slides and skill building activities can be used "as is" or adapted for use with your own training audiences.

Performance Measurement Instructions
This tutorial will be helpful for award recipients and applicants that are considering or are required to use the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) national performance measures. 

Performance Measurement Basics
This material supports learners in understanding the “what” and “why” of performance measurement, and CNCS Agency-wide Priority Measures.

Theory of Change
This material introduces Theory of Change as a useful way to strengthen program outcomes by articulating the relationships between community need, intervention and outcomes.

This material demonstrates how to effectively use data to document community need and to support the choice of program intervention.

Quality Performance Measures
This material supports learners in understanding alignment of performance measures with the Theory of Change; the key criteria for high quality outcomes and the elements of strong aligned sets of outputs and outcomes.

Data Collection and Instruments
This material supports learners in understanding core concepts associated with high quality instruments and rigorous data collection. Learn to assess the quality of current data collection tools and systems; and identify upgrades needed to ensure high quality, rigorous data collection.

Other Performance Measurement Resources

Performance Measurement Overview

Data Collection and Instruments

Data Analysis

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