Why should state agencies use performance measures?
Performance measures can help managers make better, more informed decisions. Measures are a tool used by managers as a means to run the agency. Just as saws, hammers and levels are a carpenter’s tools; performance measures are tools in a manager’s toolbox. Consequently, performance measures serve as a means to an end, not an end in itself.
When used effectively, measures help provide a powerful means of focus within the agency. When leadership is focused on reaching goals set for the agency, measurement is a means to assure the leaders the agency is on course to reach those goals. When leadership checks on the measures, the agency will pay attention to the measures. Consequently, “what gets measured gets done.” This helps to assure accountability in reaching agency or enterprise goals.
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