Accountability and Performance Update – Nov 21-27, 2022

Public Performance Conference: Innovations and Lessons for Policymakers – Call for Papers

National Center for Public Performance

NCPP is partnering with the Management Development Institute in India and the Commonwealth Secretariat to sponsor a three-day conference (March 25-27, 2023). The goal of the conference is to garner evidence and identify best practices on innovation and smart practices in public performance management worldwide. Proposals for papers are due November 30, 2022.

Tennessee’s Approach to Evidence-Based Budgeting

TN Department of Finance & Administration

Tennessee is placing a greater focus on ensuring it invests in what works to best serve citizens across the state. Part of this effort, known as evidence-based budgeting, began in the spring of 2019 within the budget division of the Department of Finance and Administration. Current fiscal year budgeting forms, required from all executive agencies, use the Tennessee Evidence Framework and follow the principles of evidence-based budgeting.

The Balanced Scorecard Doesn’t Properly Cascade and Align KPIs 
Stacey Barr’s Blog

Balanced Scorecard Strategy Maps are popular, but they are not the best way to properly cascade and align KPIs throughout an organization.

The Essential Guide to Priority-Based Budgeting

In contrast to traditional budgeting models, priority-based budgets align resources and funding with community priorities and outcomes. This shifts the focus to accountability for a program’s results, creating transparency and a better understanding of the true cost of each program.

Organizational Performance and Government Resource Allocation

Public Performance & Management Review (Gated Access)

This study examines if different levels of organizational performance achievement affect annual budget changes, focusing on Washington State’s public programs from 2006 to 2015. This study finds significant relationships and concludes that higher program performance may lead to budget increases.

Resource of the Week: New York City-Wide Agency Performance Reports

New York City, Office of the Mayor

The Citywide Performance Report represents 424 critical performance measures from more than 40 City agencies. From this webpage, you can search for measures of various services, review data summarizing how well government is performing in different areas, analyze long-term trends, and see specific agencies’ outcome measures.

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Accountability and Performance Update – Nov 14 – 20, 2022

Measuring the Value of Official Statistics: Testing and Developing a Measurement Framework

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

The report proposes moving away from an indicator-led approach. Instead, it argues that we should be working out what it is that people really value, and build from there – an outside-in perspective as opposed to the top-down, inside-out approach. A distinction is drawn between measuring value with indicators that monitor production, and measuring value from the point of view of consumers.

Federal “What Works” Standard of Excellence 2022

Results for America

The 2022 “Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence“ assesses how nine federal agencies – which oversaw more than $221 billion in federal funds this year – are building and using the infrastructure necessary to use evidence and data in their budget, policy, and management decisions. 

Results First: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Pew Charitable Trusts (video)

This video looks back at the Results First initiative’s work with states over the past 12 years and previews what’s next for the evidence-based policymaking field, as Pew steps back from this initiative and hands it off to others.

Getting Started with Using Data to Improve City Performance

Cities Today

A growing number of cities are using their data as part of performance improvement programs. Some have well embedded initiatives and others are just starting out. . . But what does using data for performance improvement mean in practice? . . . On a webinar hosted by Tyler Technologies, local government experts shared their views.

Resource of the Week: Learning Agenda Questions Dashboard

U.S. Office of Management & Budget

Federal agencies recently published agency-wide Learning Agendas, or evidence-building plans. The plans include priority questions to address the most pressing evidence needs across agencies. This dashboard compiles those questions in one place so that you can easily explore where evidence is most needed.

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Accountability and Performance Update – Nov 7 – 13, 2022

Measurement and Complexity: Why, How, and For Whom Do We Measure?

United Nations Development Programme’s Innovation Unit

UNDP has set up a monitoring and evaluation sandbox to nurture and learn from new ways of doing monitoring and evaluation that are coherent with the complex nature of the challenges facing the world today. The Sandbox prioritizes action and practical insights ‘from the front lines’ about how to do it, rather than abstract theory and general principles (though those are important too!).

Theory of Change Workbook (Webinar – 8:30 a.m. Eastern, Nov 16).

Social Impact

Theories of Change are foundational to program design and implementation and yet very few resources exist to help development practitioners develop strong theories of change. Learn how to use the workbook to help create stronger theories of change that are locally-driven and context-specific. 

Let’s Talk Performance: Making Government Work

National Center for Public Performance (webinar – 3 p.m. Eastern, Nov 17)

Webinar features authors Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, with moderator Monica Croskey Chaparro. Email to register.

Evaluation & Auditing: Lessons Overseeing DATA Act

Data Foundation and U.S. Government Accountability Office (Webinar – 1 p.m., Eastern, Nov 30)

These evaluations of how agencies implemented the DATA Act are examples of how GAO and the IG community support, coordinate, and leverage evaluative activities . . .  Taken as a whole, these evaluations also provide powerful examples of the benefits and challenges of conducting “real time” audits of a complex, government-wide reform initiative.

The Triumph and Tribulations of Performance Management

International Journal of Public Administration (Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene) – Gated access

This essay builds a case for the power of performance management to aid in making positive change, while also focusing on some of the biggest challenges leaders in this field have confronted. It also includes a series of principles designed to help overcome or avoid these challenges.

New Bill Would Increase State & Local Government Transparency

Accounting Today

The Financial Data Transparency Act (S.4295) takes a major step toward openness and accessibility by directing seven financial regulators to develop “machine-readable” data standards that accurately reflect the existing reporting standards. So, it is surprising that this transparency measure has attracted stiff opposition when it has proven so successful in corporate reporting.

Resource of the Week:  Catalog of Administrative Data Sets

J-PAL North America

Administrative data are information collected, used, and stored primarily for administrative (i.e., operational), rather than research, purposes. These data can be an excellent source of information for use in research and impact evaluation. Specific requirements and processes for obtaining data vary by data source.

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Accountability and Performance Update – Oct 31 – Nov 6, 2022

HUD’s 21 Categories of Risk

Federal News Network (interview with Elliott Johnson, Jr.)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Chief Risk Officer has created a Front-End Risk Assessment tool that has 21 different categories from compliance to systems to reputational and so on, to help managers assess programmatic risks, with the goal of creating a risk management culture across the agency.

Communities of Excellence 2026

Baldrige National Quality Awards Foundation

 When President Biden signed into law the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, it authorized “Community” becoming the seventh category of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards. This bill authorizes American communities to apply for and receive presidential-level recognition for efforts to systematically improve community performance across all sectors and collectively achieve better community outcomes. 

Resource of the Week:  The Management Library: Performance Management

Paradise Media, LLC

Information in this topic describes the foundational performance management process that underlies Employee Performance Management, Team Performance Management and Organizational Performance Management. 

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Accountability and Performance Update – Oct 24-30, 2022

Denver’s Participatory Budgeting Initiative


After months of offering ideas and refining proposals, Denver residents now have a direct say in how the city will spend $2 million in infrastructure funds. . . Earlier this week, voting opened for Denver’s first “participatory budgeting” initiative, which allows residents to cast ballots for the projects they’d most like to see the city fund

Employee Perceptions of Performance-Based Budgeting in Developing Countries

Public Budgeting & Finance (Early View)

This paper examines the case of Ghana from the perspective of budget officers. How do budget officers perceive the PBB? It is argued that while PBB is professed as a useful budgetary mechanism, there are challenges that need to be addressed if it is to achieve its objectives.

Start Keeping Score

Boston Globe Op-Ed

We already score proposed legislation for its cost to taxpayers, and we require environmental impact assessments for many major projects. If we value racial inclusion and equity, then we should measure it, score it, and hold leaders accountable for how well it is achieved through government action.

Building a Data Foundation: The Role of Data and Evidence in the President’s Management Agenda

Partnership for Public Service/Guidehouse

This report provides agencies with critical building blocks for meeting the PMA’s goals, focusing on investments in strong data infrastructure and using data to improve internal operations and external services. It offers three case studies: the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Treasury’s Fiscal Service.

Resource of the Week:  Stacey Barr’s “Measure Up” Blog

Barr is an Australian consultant with an extensive website offering free, useful performance-related insights relevant to public managers, and links to several books she’s written on the topic.

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