Gift Officer Performance Scoring
The ability to measure activity and understand the relationship between that activity and fundraising productivity are critical to the strategic deployment and maximization of fundraising resources. Furthermore, the capability to identify early intervention points for coaching new gift officers and the continued measurement of seasoned gift officer performance are key in ensuring gift officer success. But what should we be measuring? How should we be measuring it? Who should have access to the metrics? Can predictive solutions be deployed to assist in early intervention? And finally, how can these gift officer metrics be used effectively to inform decision making? The University of Texas at Austin has just completed an 18 month exploratory exercise aimed at building a predictive model to better quantify gift officer performance, establish baseline expectations, and identify early intervention points for coaching new gift officers. Multiple algorithms were explored in partnership with graduate students from UT Austin’s School of Information and members of the university development office’s analytics team. This presentation will detail the process undertaken to arrive at a solution, discuss the insights acquired along the way, and walk attendees through the mechanism produced to distribute scores. Considerations for generating equitable metrics based on role, unit assignment, officer type, and the impact of COVID-19 will be discussed along with an exposition of the final results.