Outcomesanonymous is a new project to catalogue the reality behind targets, payment by results and outcomes based performance management approaches.
You are not alone and it’s not your fault. Many of us don’t even realise we are doing it.
Teaching to the test, declaring dead people fit for work, cherry picking people who are most likely to get a job and reclassifying trolleys as hospital beds are well-known examples of gaming the system with disastrous consequences. There are more subtle types; creating a good impression for the inspectors, embellishing results in a monitoring document or only reporting positive findings from a survey.
Tell us what you have done to meet a target, get funding or demonstrate an outcome. It might be serious or minor, outrageous or so subtle and normalised that you don’t think it is worth talking about at work. Say as much or as little as you like, use your real name or a pseudonym – it’s up to you.
By sharing your story you’re showing the world that it is not just a few bad apples. Fess up. Go on.