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By Patrice Flynn, Virginia A. Hodgkinson

One of the key projects dealing with researchers, practitioners, and funders is the improvement of empirical instruments to degree the inherent worthy of nonprofit enterprises in addition to the sphere as a complete. well known students current chapters at the state-of-the-art of functionality dimension within the nonprofit quarter and search to set up a framework for a long term learn schedule to spot, quantify, and self-assess these traits that make the nonprofit region unique.

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At a 1971 conference entitled "Research on Income and Wealth," many economists agreed "that additional information was required on nonmarket activity," including "environmental costs and benefits" (Ruggles, 1983, p. 32). s. Bureau ofEconomic Analysis (1982) did some research along those lines in the 1970s, but was forced to cut back because ofbudget constraints. Zolotas (1981) published a revised system of national accounts for the United States that included air and water pollution costs. The World Resources Institute estimated that when resource depletion and soil erosion were factored into Indonesia's national accounts, the adjusted growth rate of the economy was only half what the official figures showed (Repetto, Beer, Magrath, Rossini, 1St Wells, 1989).

STONE AND SUSAN CUTCHER-GERSHENFELD industry effects (see Rhyne, 1986, and Venkatraman &: Ramanujam, 1986, for useful reviews). Fourth, while focusing on outcome indicators is critical to understanding performance, it is problematic for many types of organizations in which links between means and ends are not dear. In these situations, often the case with nonprofit organizations operating in institutional environments, the use of process and structural "proxy" measures dominates (Scott, 1987). This complication is addressed more fuHy below.

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