Accountability and Performance Weekly, March 14-20

Performance Management
Government That Works: Making It Safe to Report Bad Results
John Bernard, Government Executive
The failure to meet targets is a golden opportunity.

Analysis and Evaluation
Cost-benefit analysis 101 for policymakers & public managers: An interview with Henry Levin, Professor, Columbia University
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
Knowing “what works” in policy is important, but so is knowing what policy alternatives cost.

The importance of administrative data for learning what works in public policy: An interview with Raj Chetty, Professor, Harvard University
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
Why is administrative data, also known as big data, important for learning what works in public policy? And what steps can help the U.S. strengthen its data infrastructure for policy-relevant research?

What Does It Really Take to Get Things Done?
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Research shows why cross-functional collaboration is so important.

Risk Management
Five Ways to Avoid GAO’s High-Risk List
Robin Camarote, Government Executive
The challenge isn’t just performance measurement, but also communication.

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