Developing a Performance Measurement Framework to Enhance the Impact Orientation of the Food Research Institute, Ghana

12 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Robert M. Yawson

Quinnipiac University

Wisdom K. Amoa-Awua

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-Ghana - Food Research Institute

Alister Sutherland

University of Greenwich - Natural Resources Institute (NRI)

David R. Smith

United Nations - Development Programme (UNDP)

Seewu K. Noamesi

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-Ghana - Food Research Institute

Abstract

Research institutions in Ghana are facing various challenges. It is the contention that viable research and development institutions are needed for achieving sustainable change in areas of national importance. A key aspect of institutional viability is strong performance management. This implies clear and workable approaches to performance measurement. This paper looks at the initial experiences in a collaborative effort to develop a performance measurement framework for the Food Research Institute (FRI) and the application of the Balanced Score Card (BSC) at institutional level. The process of diagnosing and analysing institutional monitoring and evaluation capacity and systems is described using a mix of diagnostic tools. Stages in applying the BSC approach are documented and the added value of the scorecard perspectives in highlighting focal areas for performance measurement and management within FRI. These are placed in the context of ongoing changes in the external environment posing both threats and opportunities. Changes implied by the introduction of the concept are discussed in the context of current constraints and the way forward is mapped out in terms of enhancing FRIs' impact orientation through the application of improved performance measurement and management.

Suggested Citation

Yawson, Robert M. and Amoa-Awua, Wisdom K. and Sutherland, Alister and Smith, David R. and Noamesi, Seewu K., Developing a Performance Measurement Framework to Enhance the Impact Orientation of the Food Research Institute, Ghana. R&D Management, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 161-172, March 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=886820 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9310.2006.00423.x

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Wisdom K. Amoa-Awua

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-Ghana - Food Research Institute

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Alister Sutherland

University of Greenwich - Natural Resources Institute (NRI) ( email )

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David R. Smith

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Seewu K. Noamesi

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-Ghana - Food Research Institute

P. O. Box M20
Accra
Ghana

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