Accountability and Performance Update – August 30 – September 5, 2021

Mainstreaming the Outcomes Mindset of Results-Based Financing

Brookings Institution

Today there are over 200 registered impact bond transactions globally and 19 transactions in low- and middle-income countries. Over the last decade, impact bonds have gained momentum through repeatedly demonstrating their effectiveness. 

OMB Launches Evaluation Hub to Showcase Work from Chief Evaluation Officers

Federal News Network

The Office of Management and Budget is launching as a hub for agencies to document how they will back up program performance with data and metrics.

Building Equitable Evidence: It’s Time to Look to Participants as Experts in Their Own Experience

Center for Effective Philanthropy

Experimental approaches like randomized controlled trials (RCTs) follow a treatment and control group over time. In contrast, participatory tools including feedback, surveys, and focus groups connect immediate learning with continuous improvements to programs and policies, with participants seen as experts in their own experience.

Resolution to Urge Cities to Invest in Data and Evidence-Based Decision Making

U.S. Conference of Mayors

US Conference of Mayors encourages cities to utilize ARP dollars to invest in building and strengthening their data and evidence infrastructures to help both quickly advance pandemic recovery efforts and invest in the future resilience of their cities to help them better address structural inequities, increase economic mobility, and solve their biggest, intractable challenges. 

Reflecting on 25 Years of TANF Research

U.S. HHS, Administration on Children and Families

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is structured as a block grant to states, allowing them flexibility on how they expend their funds. This allows a great deal of variation – what works to improve outcomes? How have state programs changed over time?

Five Tips for Making Data Presentations Understandable


The most important thing is to write for everyone and to tell the story in a way that your readers understand.

Moving to Meaningful Measurement

Centre for Public Impact

Our current system of measurement in the public sector is not working. A focus on metrics designed for control can result in gaming, perverse incentives, and ultimately makes the job of public servants harder. But what does the alternative look like?

Resource of the Week:

U.S. Office of Management and Budget

The new home for Federal program evaluation and the Evaluation Officer Council. is a one-stop for agency plans and activities that drive evaluation efforts across the Federal Government.

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