Accountability and Performance Weekly – November 4-17

Performance Management
How to Design Effective Team Targets in Government
Prajapati Trivedi, Business of Government
Everyone knows the importance of teamwork in government, yet we have a system that encourages solo performance. Team targets can successfully align individual performance with group performance.


House Passes Bipartisan Evidence-Based Policymaking Bill
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The House voted unanimously to pass legislation requiring agencies to more systematically assemble data for their decision makers before evaluating programs.

DATA Act oversight highlights growing pains
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Issues ranged from reporting deficiencies and late reporting to noncompliance to billions of dollars in spending gaps.

A Real Opportunity for Evidence-Based Policymaking
Mary Ann Bates, Governing
A bipartisan proposal in Congress would go a long way toward helping to build smarter government at every level.

Drivers Transforming Government: Insight
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Policy makers, agency leaders, and frontline staff regularly find themselves having to make sense out of data and information, drawing out insights to inform decisions.

It’s Time to Improve Government’s Use of Metrics and Analytics
Marc Berson and Howard Risher, Government Executive
The value of metrics and more recently analytics has been proven repeatedly. When used effectively in managing performance, the gains can be impressive.

What Evidence-Based Policymaking Doesn’t Do
Linda Springer, Government Executive
The obsession with improving existing programs misses the need to redesign them for the future.

Summit on Data-Smart Government Day One Focuses on Tangible Successes
Zack Quaintance, Government Technology
Local governments are leveraging data to transform city services in a wide range of areas, including public safety, mobility, and inspections.

Summit on Data-Smart Government Day Two Shows How Fast the Discipline Has Grown
Zack Quaintance, Government Technology
Local governments have made strides toward better serving communities through predictive analytics, data visualizations, and other work.

The Need for Cross-Sector Collaboration
Jeanine Becker and David B. Smith, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Addressing today’s most pressing challenges requires developing the capacity to lead collaboratively and to effectively work across sectors.

Drivers Transforming Government: Agility
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Adopting new ways for government to operate, using agile principles and putting user experiences and program results at the forefront.

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