Accountability and Performance Update – August 16 – 22, 2021

How CDC Data Problems Put the U.S. Behind on the Delta Variant

Washington Post

The CDC’s failure to share real-time data led to overly rosy assessments of vaccine effectiveness – and complacency on the part of many Americans.

Data Set Demands and Remote Leadership among Top Challenges for CDOs During Pandemic


Chief Data Officers reported in a survey that the volume of demands for coronavirus-related datasets and communicating with staff in a remote environment were among the biggest challenges they faced during the pandemic.

Priority-Based Budgeting in Kansas City, KS

Resource Exploration

Example of an application of priority-based budgeting concepts in city’s 2022 proposed budget where spending is aligned to policy goals. 

Testing the Effectiveness of “Managing for Results”: Evidence from an Education Policy Innovation in New York City

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

Authors compare theory to practice in examining the grant of flexibility to city public school principals in order to improve school outcomes – and found “a significant and positive effect.”

Resource of the Week:  Open Baltimore Blog

The scoop on how Baltimore City government is using data for better service to residents.

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