The Performance Imperative

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Course Number: 
GAFL 735


  • Executive MPA



  • Spring 2019

Course Format

Hybrid (on-campus and online)
On-Campus Day(s): 
On-Campus Time(s): 

The course meets in person from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the following Fridays and Saturdays: January 18-19, February 15-16, March 15-16, April 26-27

On-Campus Location:

Online Day(s): 
Online Time: 
7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Course Description: 

This course will examine the role of performance management within public organizations (government and nonprofit), including why measuring and managing performance is critically valuable to high-functioning organizations’ success. With the increasing pressures on nonprofit and government organizations to continue to produce more with less, performance management systems are becoming a staple within organizations looking to drive better outcomes for their constituents. The goal of a highly functioning performance management system within a public organization is to establish a system of continuous monitoring designed to routinely measure specific quantitative and qualitative indicators in real-time – Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) – in order to improve the organization’s ability to achieve specific outcomes through continuous improvement and timely, data-based decision-making. 

This course will use a diversity of course materials, including real-life examples and case studies to: (a) demonstrate how organizations have successfully implemented performance management systems, (b) indicate the importance of using real-time, valid and reliable data, and linking performance results with effective budget resource allocation (e.g., program and outcome-based budgeting) and constituent satisfaction, and (c) explore practices on how to best protect valuable aspects of performance management systems despite changes in leadership.


Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326