Strategic Performance Management Certificate

Now Enrolling - Summer 2022


The Strategic Performance Management Certificate Course is an eight week, non-credit professional training course designed for individuals in public and non-profit organizations (both leading executives and frontline employees), and citizens interested in the functions of public sector performance management and measurement.

Students will cover four core topics when enrolled in the course. Additionally, students receive free access to three optional supplemental units that can be completed at any time. 

Students are required to complete various assignments, participate in weekly discussion board topics, and complete a final assessment designed as an applied evaluation of learning outcomes.

About the Instructor



Stuart Grifel is the Consulting Director for Public Sector Performance Associates, a Florida based certified women-owned business and small business enterprise with a focus on small to mid-size local governments. The company’s key focus areas include operational improvement, performance measurement, performance auditing, and risk and control.

Stuart has 30 years of experience in conducting and leading operational and organizational reviews, performance and compliance audits and productivity improvement projects. He has assisted numerous governments in operational improvement and performance measurement while at KPMG Consulting, the National Center for Public Performance at Rutgers University, the Innovations Group, the States of Florida and New Jersey, City of Tampa and Polk County, Florida.

Stuart has served as a Management Consultant with the City of Miami Beach Office of Budget and Performance Improvement where he was responsible for conducting operational reviews of City operations and served as the manager of the City’s Manager for Performance Measurement and Performance Management in the Office of Budget and Performance Improvement   Stuart has also served as the Board Internal Auditor for the Manatee County, Florida School District, Audit Supervisor for the Broward County, Florida and the Austin Texas City Auditor’s Office, and Senior Auditor in the Internal Audit Division of the Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller’s Office.

Stuart has presented numerous performance measurement/performance management and productivity related training programs for professional associations and for local, state, and federal government and private sector managers and staff. He is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Auditing Professional and Certified Inspector General Auditor. Stuart holds an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and an MPA from Baruch College, City University of New York.

Course Modules & Themes

Performance Management and Government 

• Creating a culture of performance

• Stakeholder buy-in 

• Overcoming psychological barriers to performance in government 

• Overcoming political barriers to performance 

Strategic Planning for Performance Management 

• Logic models and performance

• Stakeholder analysis 

• Ensuring longevity of performance systems 

• Developing and following organization missions 

Measuring and Reporting Performance 

• Creating relevant objectives/targets

• Selecting reliable performance indicators 

• Operationalizing your goals 

• Data visualizing 

• Effective reporting 

Evidence-Based Management

• Turning your data into action

• Testing your indicators and measuring results 

• Re-thinking organizational reform 

Supplemental Units (optional)

• Basic Analytical Methods 

• Budgeting for Performance

Tuition and Cost

 $1,250 per student 

• $1,100 for government/non-profit employees 

• Register 3 or more students from the same organization and receive a 20% discount for the group. 

• All students, upon registration, receive unlimited access to all 3 supplemental units 

• Tuition covers all costs. No additional fees for books.


"I couldn’t recommend the course highly enough – the team delivering the program were passionate about the material, engaging in their critiques, and just brilliant in all aspects.” 

"The material was very useful. I had experience working in this area but hearing a variety of opinions based on the reading material was very interesting. It gave me a lot more to think about.” 

"That experience was excellent for gaining new knowledge and information and provided a great venue for dialogue and sharing”

“A really great set of practical tools mixed with thought provoking theoretical material. I’m excited to take this new information back to my organization!”