Addressing Attribution through Contribution Analysis: Using Performance Measures Sensibly

This article from the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation outlines the key steps involved with using contribution analysis as a tool to discover the contribution a program has made to particular outcomes.


  • Accountability for Outcomes
  • The Problem of Attribution
  • The Case of Performance Measurement
  • Recognizing the Limits of Measurement
  • Two Uses of Performance Measurement: Understanding and Reporting
  • Approaches to Attribution: Contribution Analysis
  • Techniques for Strengthening Your Performance Story


Mayne, J. (2001). Addressing attribution through contribution analysis: Using performance measures sensibly. The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 16 (1), 1-24.

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