The inability of development agencies to understand and improve the performance of the organizations they support continues to impede profess in the developing world, even after a decade of reforms. Strengthening the institutions that receive those grants and loans - including government ministries and executing agencies as well as nongovernmental organizations - has become the key to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of development assistance.
Organizational Assessment: A Framework for Improving Performance offers a clear-cut methodology to diagnose organizational strengths and weaknesses at the onset of development activities. In this way, beneficiaries can respond to growing pressures from donors for accountable and sustainable use of development funding. The book examines all aspects of organizational performance, including the enabling environment, institutional capacity, management, financial viability and staff motivation. It also reviews the methodological issues involved in carrying out an assessment, ranging from the choice and framing of questions to data collection and analysis, the question of who 'owns' the assessment, and the reporting of results.
Designed for practitioners interested in organizational diagnosis and social change, the book includes a quick guide for organizational assessment, a sample report outline and questions, and a comprehensive assessment glossary.
Charles Lusthaus is an associate professor in the Department of Administration and Policy Studies at McGill University. Marie-Helene Adrien is vice president of human resources at the Universalia Management Group. Gary Anderson is chairman of the Department of Administration and Policy Studies at McGill University. Fred Carden is a senior program specialist with the IDRC Evaluation Unit. George Plinio Montalvan is a senior management analyst in the IDB Organization and Management Services Office.