Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 6-July 17, 2020

Building Trust in Government One Problem at a Time
Don Kettl and Anne Khademian, Government Executive
Restoring trust in government starts with getting government service right—one local problem at a time, one public administrator at a time.

Collaboration inside government during the COVID crisis
Steve Kelman, FCW
Steve Kelman reports on New Zealand’s all-hands approach to contain the coronavirus.

Updates Posted on President’s Management Agenda
Updates to the President’s Management agenda have been posted on for January-June, covering both agency priority goals and cross agency priority goals, and with additional information on coronavirus response efforts that arose during that period.

Open Data, Analytics, & Data Governance
A Federal Data Failure Is Making It Hard to Talk About COVID
Donald Kettl, Government Executive
Without a standard, trusted language of COVID data collection, it’s been hard to measure the disease, track its trend, and build effective policy.

Adopting a Data-Driven Culture Enhances Digital Transformation on the Path to a Post-COVID World
David Watts, NextGov
Building a data-driven culture isn’t easy, but it’s important.

Data-driven government should be bottom-up as much as top-down
Monica McEwen, Federal News Network
In the past few months, agencies have been truly tested as they work to keep missions moving  as they face the added challenges of implementing remote work policies and capabilities, become accustomed to more decentralized planning and decision making, and weigh the potential impacts the virus might have on their operations and workforce into the future.

CARES Act delivery hampered by old tech, bad data
Derek Johnson, FCW
Aspects of the federal government’s economic response to the coronavirus pandemic were marred by outdated state technology software and a crushing volume of beneficiaries that overwhelmed many systems, according to a new report from GAO.

Evidence & Evaluation
We need evidence and data to move forward effectively
Robert Shea, Federal News Network
Federal agencies have been quietly building the foundation for expanding the collection and use of evidence to improve their performance. This includes appointing evidence officers, developing learning agendas and assessing agency evidence-building capacity. While some treated things like this as a compliance exercise in the past, a global pandemic underscores the fact that evidence and data have never been so critical to our ability to move forward effectively.

6 Ways the Next Administration Could Use Evidence-Based Policy to Advance Social Justice
Andrew Feldman, Government Executive
Using data and research to improve program outcomes may not make for a catchy campaign slogan, but it can go a long way toward reducing economic and racial disparities.


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