At a time of significant growth and policy interest in community development finance, it is crucial to have clear and concise ways of understanding the performance of community development finance institutions (CDFIs).

CDFIs recognise that demonstrating their performance is, itself, a critical part of their mission, and that this has to be done in a verifiable way. This briefing, developed in consultation with the CDFI sector, reviews the kind of performance assessment that is required and sets out a proposed set of benchmarks and indicators.

This briefing forms part of the research conducted by the New Economics Foundation for the report The State of Community Development Finance 2001 which was supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation