Accountability and Performance Update – July 19 – 25, 2021

Centering Racial Equity in Measurement and Evaluation

Urban Institute

This brief explores how racial equity and inclusion can strengthen nonprofits’ measurement and evaluation work and how measurement and evaluation help nonprofits identify inequities and use data to improve the operationalization of REI practices. 

Interim Implementation Guidance for the Justice40 Initiative

U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Outlines a whole-of-government approach and directs agencies to develop performance targets to invest in environmental justice initiatives and spur economic development in disadvantaged communities.

Broadcasting Good News, Learning from Bad News

Public Administration

This journal article shows that “decline narratives” (bad news) lead to higher internal use (learning and control purposes) of performance information. In contrast, “increase narratives” (good news) lead to higher external use (giving account and building support purposes) of performance information.

Implementing the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

An overview of the Act, key contact officials at the department, and the role of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation. 

Performance Highlights Newsletter – July 2021

Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations

Examples of sustained improvements, identified information gaps, improving service coordination and four upcoming evaluations to be completed by 2022.

Resource of the Week: Colorado Department of Transportation’s FY2022 Annual Performance Plan. A great example of what state agencies are doing these days re: performance transparency.

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