Performance Measurement Tools
Measuring the performance of co-operatives has been a long-standing challenge for development projects.
Example from the Field
The Global Communities' co-operative development program, Enabling Market Integration through Rural Group Empowerment (EMIRGE), in partnership with the USAID/Higa Ubeho program (also implemented by Global Communities in Rwanda), developed the Cooperative Performance Index (CPI). Using this tool, these teams assessed the co-operatives in each of the program portfolios. The tool is now being adapted to be used country-wide by the Government of Rwanda as well as by others in the region.
The CPI tool aims to look at the actual performance of co-operatives based on measurable indicators. The tool was designed to cover five areas of co-operative development which are relevant in the Rwandan context.
These five dimensions are:
Guidelines for Performance Measurement
Guidelines in brief:
1. Assess co-operative's market-based outcomes rather than only the internal administration of co-operatives.
2. Assess co-operative's ongoing ability to form long-term market relationships and recurring transactions rather than only isolated one-off instances of success.
3. Assess co-operative member's individual performance and not just the performance of the co-operative as a whole.
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This tool was developed by the EMIRGE Rwanda team and is being implemented country-wide. It has also been shared in the region.