Accountability and Performance Update – Aug 8- 14, 2022

Massachusetts Needs a Performance Framework

Pioneer Institute (Joe Staruski)

Many states have made tremendous progress toward government efficiency and effectiveness by setting goals and tracking their progress. Massachusetts tried making a performance structure, but in 2014 it was discontinued. Today, the state lacks a comprehensive structure to track progress.

Commerce, NASA Leaning on Evidence Act to Put Common Priorities

Federal News Network

Only in the last year has the 2019 Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act started to demonstrate a real impact on agency missions. As agencies updated their strategic plans for 2022, many used the law to drive better cross-agency conversations.

OMB Releases Guidance to Agencies for FY 2024

Federal News Network

One of the biggest pushes for 2024 is around evidence-based decision making. OMB is telling agencies to do more to build up their skillsets and capabilities to build “credible, relevant evidence that is critical for decision-making on agency priorities that are built into their budget submission to OMB.”

Four Ways Government Budgeting Can Improve Community Outcomes

EY-Parthenon (Andrew Kleine)

States and cities, using outcome-based budgeting and performance data, can turn around communities in economic distress and support equity.

Small Business and the Federal Government: Working Together Blog Post

This is the fifth post in a series highlighting different aspects of strategic planning in the Federal Government. Today, we will meet the U.S. Small Business Administration and learn how they leverage their strategic planning initiatives to hit Government-wide objectives, including partnering with and growing disadvantaged small businesses.

Bloomberg Expands Its What Works Cities Certification

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Results for America today announced the next phase for What Works Cities Certification, the first-of-its-kind standard of excellence for data-driven, well-managed local government. What Works Cities Certification will expand to include cities in Canada, Central America, and South America while maintaining its commitment to U.S. cities. 

Made to Measure: How Measurement Can Improve Social Interventions

Center for Public Impact (Toby Lowe)

“Measurable” change is not the same as “real” change. In social change work, real change is experienced in someone’s life. Real change is how someone’s life is different.

Resource of the Week:  Understanding Statistics and Experimental Design

Springer Publishers (Michael Herzog, Gregory Francis, and Aaron Clarke)

This open access textbook provides the background needed to correctly use, interpret and understand statistics and statistical data in diverse settings. 

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Accountability and Performance Update – Aug 1- 7, 2022

A Missed Opportunity

Government Executive (Shelley Metzenbaum)

Federal agencies’ quarterly performance updates, short- and long-term strategic plans, and annual performance reports deserve more attention.

Six-Month Update on Federal Customer Experience Executive Order

OMB Federal CX Team; 

Over the past six months, we’ve gotten off to a fast start translating the President’s historic Executive Order on customer experience into action. Today, at the half-year mark, we have more key updates to share.

Open GAO Performance-Related Recommendations for OMB

Government Accountability Office

GAO sent a letter to the director of the Office of Management and Budget highlighting 44 priority recommendations that have not yet been acted upon. Implementing 16 of these priority recommendations would help improve government performance and help OMB better meet the information needs of various decision makers.

Meeting Agency Priority Goals

FedScoop Daily Scoop Radio (podcast starts at 1:30 min.; ends at 13:00 min.)

On this episode of The Daily Scoop Podcast, Chris Mihm, adjunct professor of public administration at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and former managing director for strategic issues at the Government Accountability Officediscusses agencies’ recent updates to

Special Issue on GPRA at 30

International Journal of Public Administration

At the 30th anniversary of the passage of GPRA, it is a perfect time to assess the implications of GPRA and, more broadly, the performance movement. What do we have to show for the work? And where is it going in the future. Abstract deadline: September 15, 2022; Manuscript deadline: May 8, 2023.

When’s the Best Time to Adopt Evidence-Based Budgeting?


It’s just as important when revenues are robust as it is in tough fiscal times to base spending decisions on what works. Here’s how to get started.

Budgeting for Climate

City of Pittsburgh

The budget is a potent tool to leverage for change. It is logical to begin there when implementing a major initiative like Climate Action. A shared language between finance and sustainability departments is needed to connect strategy and budget. Priority Based Budgeting builds that language.

State and Local Learning Agenda: A Blueprint

J-PAL North America

Drawing on conversations with 20 state and local governments and 25 J-PAL affiliated researchers as well as 137 research proposals submitted over the past five years, this report lays out key areas where new or additional research is best positioned to address barriers to mobility from poverty.

Resource of the Week:  State of Maryland American Rescue Plan: 2022 Annual Performance Report

In 2021, the State of Maryland was allocated $3.7 billion by the Federal Government for American Rescue Plan, State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). This SLFRF Annual Performance Report describes project performance, . . . This report details expenditures from March 3, 2021 through June 30, 2022, and includes planned allocations for state fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023). 

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Accountability and Performance Update – July 25 – 31, 2022

Does Strategic Planning Improve Organizational Performance?

Public Administration Review (Bert George, Richard Walker, Joost Monster)

This article undertakes a meta-analysis of 87 correlations from 31 empirical studies and asks, Does strategic planning improve organizational performance? A random-effects meta-analysis reveals that strategic planning has a positive, moderate, and significant impact on organizational performance.

Congress Authorizes Creation of a National Secure Data Service to Improve Data Analytics

Data Coalition

 Congress passed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 (CHIPS+), which will establish a National Secure Data Service (NSDS). The CHIPS+ Act includes a provision to establish the NSDS demonstration project at the National Science Foundation. The NSDS has been a long-standing legislative priority of the Data Coalition Initiative, an organization that advocates for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible, and usable. 

How Small Cities Can Make Big Leaps with Data

Bloomberg Cities Network

You don’t have to be a big city to do big things with data. That’s an unmistakable takeaway from some of the latest cities to achieve What Works Cities Certification, a designation that means they are among the best in the U.S. at using data to deliver better results for their residents.

JOB OPENINGS: Baltimore Office of Performance & Innovation

Hiring for City Performance Team, CitiStat Analyst, Data Led, Program Manager, and more. . . . . 

Resource of the Week:  Seattle Rescue Plan Transparency Portal

The City of Seattle has published the Seattle Rescue Plan (SRP) Transparency Portal for residents to track progress as the city spends nearly $300 million in federal pandemic assistance, as reflected in its latest (July 31, 2022) performance report.

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Accountability and Performance Update – July 18 – 24, 2022

Understanding Goal Formation in Strategic Public Management

Public Management Review (John Bryson)

Organizational goals lie at the heart of strategic public management. While research has centered on the performance impact of organizational goals and goal clarity, the field remains unclear on where organizational goals come from and how they form over time.

When’s the Best Time for States to Adopt Evidence Based Budgeting?


It’s just as important when revenues are robust as it is in tough fiscal times to base spending decisions on what works. This article describes how to get started.

Disaggregating is King

Barrett & Greene

Michael Jacobson, director of Performance and Strategy at the King County Office of Performance Strategy and Budgets pointed us to an adage he once heard: “Aggregate to communicate and disaggregate to manage.”

Resource of the Week:  City of Phoenix: City Manager’s Performance Dashboard

The City Manager’s Performance Dashboardwas created to provide the public with comprehensive, easy-to-understand information about the City of Phoenix. It includes over 130 key performance indicators across strategic areas and general government services that measure the city’s health. 

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* * * SCAM ALERT! (July 21, 2022) * * * 

The ASPA Center for Accountability & Performance has been targeted by scammers! If you get a text congratulating you as a recipient of a CAP award and to call a certain person and number to claim “a total cash award of $4,500” then please ignore it! . . . You’ll be asked to provide personal details to “prove your identity” so you can get your payment.  Actually, this will lead to you being a further victim of identify theft! . . . . CAP does give out prestigious awards – each Spring – but there is no cash associated with the awards, and we know who they are being given to!

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