Title

Is Performance Appraisal a Necessary Tool for Employee Development in the Nonprofit Sector? An Examination of Efficacy

Date of Award

8-5-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Strategic HR Management

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Strategic HR Management

Advisor

Sam Conn

Keywords

Performance appraisal; Nonprofit; Evaluation; Human Resource

Abstract

Evaluation is often used to identify gaps in business initiatives. Performance appraisal (PA) which aims at assessing employees to meet their skills and developmental needs, has met its fair share of challenges since the late 1940s. Critics have lobbied for the demise of PAs. In this research, the author examined the efficacy of performance appraisal in a nonprofit sector, in an attempt to provide encouragement for people who would otherwise have given up, perceiving the process to be unproductive, and identified the need to improve the understanding of performance appraisal. This researcher concluded that performance appraisal ought to define actions to close gaps, and though the process should be periodically reviewed, no substantial basis for appraisal's demise exists.

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