Not-for-Profit Performance Reporting: A Reflection on Methods, Results and Implications for Practice and Regulation

Danielle McConville, Carolyn Cordery

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Abstract

This paper presents a critical analysis of present approaches to studying not-for-profit performance reporting, and implications of research in this area. Focusing on three approaches: content analysis of publicly available performance reporting; quantitative analysis of financial data; and (rarer) mixed/other methods, we consider the impact of these on our knowledge of not-for-profit performance reporting, highlighting gaps and suggesting further research questions and methods. Our analysis demonstrates the important role of regulation in determining the research data available, and the impact of this on research methods. We inter-connect the methods, results and prevailing view of performance reporting in different jurisdictions and argue that this reporting has the potential to influence both charity practices and regulators’ actions. We call for further research in this interesting area. Contribution is made to the methodological literature on not-for-profits, and ongoing international conversations on regulating not-for-profit reporting.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVoluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
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Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2021

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