Accountability and Performance Weekly – July 20-26, 2013

How Non-Profits and Foundations Support Evidence-Based Government
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Non-profits, foundations, and universities are enthused by government’s growing interest in the use of evidence and evaluation. They are chiming in with either support for government initiatives or undertaking their own.

The launch of J-PAL North America: An interview with Lawrence Katz, Harvard University
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Blog
The Jamal Poverty Action Lab, or J-PAL, was established in 2003 at MIT and is today a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer important questions within anti-poverty policy.

Multiprong support comes for strategic sourcing
Mark Rockwell, Federal Computer Week
Legislation and a new GSA contract could bolster practices intended to amplify federal buying power.

VA, OPM implement promising practices for next generation of SESers
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
A new report by the Partnership for Public Service and McKinsey and Company found inconsistencies among agencies in how they recruit and develop their SESers. That lack of standardized leadership development is causing some to question whether senior executives will be prepared to replace long-time managers.

Report: New Urgency for Building Pipeline of Future Leaders
Charles Clark, GovExec
The expected retirement of two-thirds of the Senior Executive Service in the next five years makes urgent the task of building a federal leadership pipeline.

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