Qualitative vs. Quantitative

Tracy Sault of Ithaca has been working with a non-profit company for years, at the Fingerlakes ReUse Center. This place serves as a way of conserving objects by reselling them to the Ithaca Community. However, Tracy says that the comparison of working for other companies doesn’t have a great difference because of the new federal government laws.

“When federal reporting requirements changed from qualitative results to quantitative the focus shifted from improving people’s lives to a numbers game.” Sault said. “I understand it from an Executive Director’s viewpoint i.e. agencies have to prove their program is productive. Unfortunately staff are so stressed with producing results that quality of care is often sacrificed.”

That brings us to the question- should non-profits be attempting to imitate bigger companies in order to initiate more success?

There are many pros and cons that come with the idea of valuing the quantity rather than the quality of the work. While it does show that a huge number of profit has been raised and the amount of things sold are high as well, it still can lead to the company’s downfall.

The quality of the objects being sold have been noted to make the reputation of a company either increase or decrease. If the quality is great, the reputation of a company can rise exponentially. However if the quality is lazy and poor, then the place becomes irrelevant for much of the public since they can get the same things from a higher business.

The key to success of making either factor work, however, is the uniqueness of the products that are being sold. That being said, selling products that no one has invented before is a very hard task to accomplish. It also goes off of the idea that as a non-profit organization, funding for these types of projects can be difficult as well.

So while there is a solution it is close to impossible. The only question now is how to keep so many non-profit organizations striving while they have such limiting conditions from federal report requirements.

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