Accountability and Performance Update – July 5 – 11, 2021

States Can Use Federal Stimulus Money to Evaluate Program Effectiveness

Pew Charitable Trusts

As states continue to respond to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers should look to use federal stimulus money to bolster efforts to regularly evaluate the effectiveness of programs and more broadly use evidence to invest in policies and programs proved to work.

White House Tells Watchdog It Won’t Comply with Some Priority Suggestions to Improve Government

Government Executive

OMB has told the chief government watchdog it will not comply with several of its recommendations aimed at improving the performance and oversight of government, arguing the changes are unnecessary or that it had already addressed the concerns. 

How Far American Rescue Plan Dollars Will Stretch Varies by State


States have until the end of 2024 to obligate the funds; some have already allocated substantial shares or are debating proposals to do so

Why Policy Should Be Governed by Evidence


Without decisions made for the long term based on evidence, we are in danger of living with decisions that serve political agendas, not people.

The Rule Is Simple: Be Careful What You Measure

The Guardian

If there’s one management platitude that should have been throttled at birth, it’s ‘what gets measured gets managed’.  

Resource of the WeekAmerican Rescue Plan & COVID-19 Resources: This resources page shares the latest updates, including summaries of and links to new federal laws and legislation, federal agency guidance, state government resources, local government actions, as well as other tools and resources to help policymakers who are looking for evidence-based solutions to protect their most vulnerable residents.

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