World Health & Population

World Health & Population June 2003 .doi:10.12927/whp.2003.17604

Defining the Components of "Performance" in Family Planning/Reproductive Health for Conceptual Clarity and Sounder Measurement

Alfredo L. Fort and Constance J. Newman

Abstract

Within the family planning/reproductive health literature, the word "performance" is used to refer to different concepts. We attempt to standardize its definition and operationalize its measurement among international assistance organizations. In the field of Human Performance Technology, the definition of performance is both behavior -or activities and the accomplishments produced by such behaviors / activities. We describe typical methodologies used to measure each component as well as particular challenge facing the measurement and reporting of "performance".

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