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Stacey Barr
Stacey Barr
Performance Measure Specialist

Stacey Barr Pty Ltd

How Often Should You Track Your Measures?

Posted about 11 years ago

Are you still measuring performance results annually?

And do you wonder why people aren’t really getting much value from measuring performance?

Because performance measures are feedback, you need to track them often enough for the feedback to be of any use in guiding your decisions and actions to improve performance.

So here’s a checklist to help you decide whether you should measure a KPI on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis:

__ How SENSITIVE is the performance result to change? If you were to go make an improvement now, how long would it take before you saw the effect? For example, if it takes years to see change happen, like a staff safety culture or community attitudes to water use, you can probably get away with measuring six monthly or annually.

__ How URGENTLY do you want to know if the performance result has shifted? Is this a result that needs to be improved in the next six to 12 months? If so, it probably needs to be measured at least monthly!

__ How COSTLY would it be to measure the performance result more frequently? Is this worth the benefit of having more frequent feedback? Could you improve performance so much that the cost of measuring more frequently is far outweighed by savings or added value?

__ How ACCURATELY do you need to measure the performance result? By taking smaller samples more frequently, you can reduce the cost of measuring often. But with smaller samples comes less reliability, so take care. If you just need a good indicator of the trend or change over time, smaller samples can work a treat.


Think about the kind of response or action you designed your measure to inform. Are you measuring it frequently enough to inform you before you act, or only frequently enough to tell you after you act?

About the Author

Stacey Barr is a specialist in organisational performance measurement, helping corporate planners, business analysts and performance measurement officers confidently facilitate their organisation to create and use meaningful performance measures with lots of buy-in. Sign up for Stacey’s free email tips at and receive a complimentary copy of her renowned e-book “202 Tips for Performance Measurement”.

Comments (3)

Great work sir, very helpful material

Posted about 11 years ago | permalink
Joandra Lee
Joandra Lee
Ministério Da Agricultura

Thank you for the tips. Actually I am a member of an Organizational Indicator Committee so i will definitely be bringing out these checklist points over for a better view of where we are and where we want to be and waht we want to reach !
Joey Lee, Project Manager

Posted almost 11 years ago | permalink
Stacey Barr
Stacey Barr
Performance Measure Specialist

That’s great Joey! Thanks for sharing your feedback. Would love to hear how this checklist went over with your Organizational Indicator Committee.

Posted almost 11 years ago | permalink

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