Evaluation Glossary

Performance Measure

Ways to objectively measure the degree of success a program has had in achieving its stated objectives, goals, and planned program activities. Performance measures may address the type or level of program activities conducted (process), the direct products and services delivered by a program (outputs), or the results of those products and services (outcomes).


US Environmental Protection Agency. (2007). Program Evaluation Glossary. Office of the Administrator/Office of Policy/Office of Strategic Environmental Management/Evaluation Support Division.

Related Terms

Key Performance Indicators
Measure (noun)
Performance Criteria
Performance Indicator