Performance Measurement


The process of collecting, analyzing, and reporting information on the performance of an individual, group, or organization, performance measurement may also involve studying processes and strategies for success. RAND has evaluated and measured the performance of teachers, health care professionals, the civilian military workforce, judges, and workers in many other fields.

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    The ACA's Opportunity to Improve Care for Substance Use Disorders

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will significantly increase coverage for the publicly funded treatment of substance use disorders. But in order to maximize the benefit to patients, families, and society, it's critical to invest in the development, validation, and use of performance measures.

    Jul 28, 2014

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    Distinguished Speaker Series: Simon Sinek

    Author Simon Sinek will discuss his new book, Leaders Eat Last, and how to create stable, adaptive, confident teams, where everyone feels they belong and all energies are focused on facing the common enemy and seizing big opportunities.

    Jul 23, 2014

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    Distinguished Speaker Series: Simon Sinek

    In this podcast, ethnographer and best-selling author Simon Sinek discusses the dynamics of leadership and teamwork.

    Jul 23, 2014

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    Evaluating Social Innovation Pilot Projects

    A series of social innovation pilot projects across Europe aim to support the growth of European social finance markets and the development of capacities within social business and young entrepreneurship. RAND Europe and Ecorys are evaluating these pilots and hosting a series of interactive workshops.

    Jun 24, 2014

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    Estimating the Economic Returns on Cancer Research in the UK

    The UK government invests approximately £1.6 billion in medical research each year, and the British public donated £1.7 billion to medical research charities in 2012–13. This funding delivers health gains for patients and also benefits the UK economy at a 40 percent return annually.

    Jun 16, 2014

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    Impact Dashboard Helps Local Regulatory Services Deliver Value

    In much of Europe, local authorities receive taxpayer funds to enforce national and European regulations and ensure that food and workplaces are safe, companies trade fairly, and the environment is clean. RAND Europe developed an impact dashboard to help these local regulators show when and how they deliver value for money.

    Jan 10, 2014

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    Measuring the Impact of Age-Restricted Sales Regulations

    The Better Regulation Delivery Office has commissioned RAND Europe to support the local measurement of impacts and outcomes arising from delivery of local regulation in six areas of age-restricted sales (alcohol, tobacco, knives, fireworks, sunbeds, and gambling).

    Aug 15, 2013

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    Metrics Mess Calls for an Umpire, Not a Purge

    Bibliometricians, who have so far paid little attention to how their creations behave when released into the wild, should be monitoring how metrics are being applied and devising guidelines for best practice, writes Gemma Derrick.

    Jun 27, 2013

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    Distinctive Teacher Evaluation Programs Could Provide Lessons for Others

    Judging teachers' performance by that of their students is fraught with the potential for error and unintended consequences, but several states and districts have been striving to incorporate student performance data in ways that are accurate and fair.

    Feb 5, 2013

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    Improving Accountability Through Expanded Measures of Performance

    Examines the influence of test-based accountability and explores how states and districts might consider creating expanded systems of measures to address the shortcomings of traditional accountability.

    Jan 1, 2013

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    What Types of Interventions Change Energy Using Behaviours?

    The UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was interested in understanding the effectiveness of interventions designed to change energy use behaviour in the home. They commissioned RAND Europe to assess the state of knowledge about “what works”, by systematically reviewing previous trials and initiatives, drawing on evidence from the UK and abroad. This review has informed DECC’s November 2012 Energy Efficiency Strategy, which sets out their policy direction for decades to come.

    Dec 12, 2012

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    An Assessment of the Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project

    This is a legislatively mandated assessment of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo).

    Oct 11, 2012

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    Studying Factors that Encourage Doctors to Engage in Good Practice

    To better understand the factors that affect doctors' behaviour and decision making, the UK General Medical Council (GMC) commissioned RAND Europe to study the factors that encourage or discourage doctors from acting in accordance with good practice. This research sought to enable the GMC, which regulates and licenses medical professionals in the UK, to inform the development of policy and a programme of work aimed at supporting doctors to adhere to good practice in the care and management of patients.

    Jul 3, 2012

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    Best Practices in Police Performance Measurement Cover Wide Range of Duties

    Police agencies have historically measured their performance against a restricted set of crime-focused indicators, but law enforcement duties are changing. Well-developed performance measurement approaches can capture the complexity of modern policing and identify best practices.

    May 7, 2012

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    Judicial Pay Influences the Quality of Appellate Judges

    An examination of state appellate court judge pay across the United States from 1977 to 2007 shows that judicial salaries have a small but significant effect on the length of judicial tenure, and a small effect on the background of judges that join the appellate bench. A more limited analysis of California trial court judges finds far more sensitivity to pay, however, suggesting that trial and appellate court judges may behave differently.

    May 1, 2012

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    Engaging Clinicians in Improving Healthcare Quality

    Governments in the UK have attempted to establish quality improvements, but new procedures have often fostered ill feeling and may have encouraged the opposite behaviour. RAND Europe evaluated the outcomes of a major study on how to engage clinicians in different disciplines in improving the quality of the healthcare they provide; the result is the UK's most extensive systematic body of evidence on engaging clinicians in quality improvement.

    Apr 1, 2012

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    Common Uses, Gaps, and Opportunities for Improvement in Performance Measures

    Reliable measures to track quality and efficiency are foundational in evaluating the results of health care spending. This study tracks how the currently developed measures are being used while documenting opportunities for and obstacles to further improvement.

    Dec 9, 2011

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    Evaluating the Sustainability of the Greek R&D System

    An evaluation by RAND Europe of the Greek research and development (R&D) system has identified opportunities to improve economic growth and social outcomes.

    Oct 9, 2011

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    Evaluating the Sustainability of the Greek R&D System

    An evaluation by RAND Europe of the Greek research and development (R&D) system has identified opportunities to improve economic growth and social outcomes.

    Oct 9, 2011

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    Assessing the Performance of Military Treatment Facilities

    To contain growth in health care costs, DoD is exploring approaches to rewarding or penalizing military treatment facilities (MTF) based on performance. This volume examines the pros and cons of alternative approaches to measuring MTF performance.

    Sep 21, 2011