Performance Measurement Research
Performance measurement involves the development of metrics to assess program success and the use of program data to measure those metrics. Some examples of metrics used include the number of households served by a program, the program penetration rate, a targeting index for vulnerable households, and the percentage reduction in energy usage or energy burden.
Performance Measurement Outputs
- A Logic Model that describes the program assumptions, inputs, immediate outcomes, intermediate outcomes, and final program impacts.
- A set of performance measures that allows program managers and policymakers to assess the success of a program in meeting defined goals.
- A Data and Indicator Model that maps the specific outcomes to performance indicators and the data that are needed to measure those performance indicators.
- Periodic calculations of performance measures to determine how a program performs over time and with changes in program design and implementation.
APPRISE Performance Measurement Research
The Minnesota Conservation Improvement Programs (CIP) portfolios include low-income components to assist income-eligible households with energy conservation. APPRISE conducted research through the Conservation Applied Research & Development (CARD) Grant Program to provide a comprehensive review of the low-income efficiency programs, evaluate the program processes, and assess program policies and guidelines. The goal of the research was to facilitate more effective program operations and policymaking.