Accountability and Performance Update – October 4-10, 2021

Follow the Data and Tie Funding to Outcomes

Government Matters TV/American Idea Foundation

American Idea Foundation President and former Speaker Paul Ryan talked with Government Matters‘ Mimi Geerges about his work in Congress to fight poverty and expand economic opportunities. In the interview, Speaker Ryan discussed how the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act is currently being utilized by federal agencies to modernize data collection, analysis, security, and dissemination practices.

Managing the Next Crisis: Twelve Principles for Dealing with Viral Uncertainty

Katherine Barrett, Richard Greene, and Donald Kettl

Principle #12: Accountability is often the first casualty in a crisis – even when governments know the results of their efforts.

To Budget for Equity, Cities Must First Define Equity


Without a clear and shared definition of equity, city leaders cannot understand the underlying conditions that create existing disparities in their community, let alone make informed budget decisions that foster equity.

Collecting Data About Our Data

City of Baltimore

In Baltimore, data stewards – representatives from each agency – have been capturing and describing the data that their agency managers or uses into a template, then publishes it on Open Baltimore so city staff and residents know about the data being collected and managed.

Metrics Management and Bureaucratic Accountability: Evidence from Policing

American Journal of Political Science (Laurel Eckhouse) (gated access)

This paper concludes that “CompStat is associated with at least 3,500 additional minor arrests per city-year, substantial data manipulation, and no decrease in serious crime.”

A Meta-Analysis of the Government Performance-Trust Link

Public Administration Review (Jiasheng Zhang, Hui Li, Kaifeng Yang) (gated access)

The results imply that in order to nurture and sustain trust in government, we should pay more attention to societal cultures and the way government performance information is provided. 

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