Accountability and Performance Weekly – January 16-22

Performance Management
How to take control of federal performance management
Liam Ackland, Federal Computer Week
Six steps human capital officers can take to improve performance at agencies.

The Importance of Logic Models and Theories of Change
Social Solutions
Logic models and theories of change should be viewed as an essential tool for supporting program design, management and evaluation.

Measuring What Matters
Marc J. Holley, Cheri A. Recchia, Valerie Bockstette, Stanford Social Innovation Review
The need to determine how best to allocate limited resources requires generating robust performance measures that drive accountability, learning, and impact.

Government data is ‘weird’
Zach Noble, Federal Computer Week
The mandated dive into government data is revealing surprising value to agencies, but it comes with rigorous reporting that runs deeper than a typical audit.

What a Brown Delivery Truck Could Teach Government
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
The technology that UPS uses to optimize its routes and achieve big savings shows how powerful data analytics could be across the public sector.

Reconsidering Evidence: What It Means and How We Use It
Lisbeth Schorr, Stanford Social Innovation Review
The tide that has swept experimental program evaluation to the forefront of knowledge building about social policy is suddenly ebbing.

Sticky-note strategy: How federal innovation labs borrow from Silicon Valley
Carten Cordell, Federal Times
The government has started to use human-centered design to develop new policy solutions with a multifaceted group of stakeholders that can contribute a well-rounded slate of expertise. The product is a strategy that is developed from the creative thoughts of a team of experts, rather than a single specialized source.

Public Leadership and the Gift of Time Well Spent
Feather O’Connor Houstoun, Governing
Civic innovation can improve the way government works, but it needs a long runway.

The state of pay for success in 2015
Urban Institute
Recent developments in PFS.

Presidential Transition
How One Group is Trying to Prevent Procrastination on Presidential Transition Planning
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Exactly one year before the next inauguration, a major good-government group on Wednesday announced the formation of a unique and permanent resource center on presidential transitions.

What role career feds can play during the upcoming presidential transition
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio
Civil servants should actively approach the new leadership and remind them what the agency does and the work they do.

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