Better than Raw: A Guide to Measuring Organizational Performance with Adjusted Performance Measures

Stiefel, L., Rubenstein, R. & Schwartz, A.E.
Public Administration Review,

Like oysters on the half shell, some things are better when they're raw. In evaluating the performance of organizations and providing guidance for improving performance, however, raw performance measures, such as test scores or success rates, are often inferior to performance measures adjusted for client and environmental characteristics, or adjusted performance measures (APMs). Using examples from a variety of public services and data on public schools in Georgia, we compare the performance data generated by raw scores and by APMs. We conclude with guidance for constructing and using adjusted performance measures.

Wagner Faculty