From the Field
Piloting external peer review as a model for performance improvement in third-sector organizations
Version of Record online: 4 MAR 2010
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Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 357–374, Spring 2010
How to Cite
Purcell, M. E. and Hawtin, M. (2010), Piloting external peer review as a model for performance improvement in third-sector organizations. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 20: 357–374. doi: 10.1002/nml.258
- Issue online: 4 MAR 2010
- Version of Record online: 4 MAR 2010
Peer review is used widely in the United Kingdom as a means of engendering performance improvement in the statutory sector and is being used increasingly to address the needs of specific networks of third-sector organizations. The project on which this article is based sought to develop a peer review model that could be applied by any third-sector organization to improve performance. The article reviews existing initiatives and details elements of models that the research sought to replicate. It describes the approach taken to develop the model, including details of three pilots, and summarizes the associated guidance. Finally, it incorporates a commentary on some of the opportunities and challenges presented by the model as a means of securing continued performance improvement by third-sector organizations.