Accountability and Performance Update – November 8-14, 2021

More Federal Agencies Report Using Performance Data


More federal agencies made operational decisions based on performance data than in prior years, showing progress meeting the goals of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act according to a survey conducted by the Government Accountability Office. 

Pathways to Work: Evidence Clearinghouse

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families

The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse is a comprehensive, transparent, and systematic assessment of the effectiveness of interventions designed to help job seekers with low incomes succeed in the labor market.

County-Level Plans for Use of Rescue Plan Recovery Funds

National Association of Counties

NACo has created a collection of planned ARPA Recovery Fund investments, sourced from official county documents such as the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) Recovery Plan Performance Reports, county press releases or other county budgeting materials. The searchable database includes 187 plans, 150 of which are Recovery Plans. SLFRF Recovery Plans contain detailed project performance data, including information on efforts to improve equity and engage communities for counties with populations above 250,000.

How to Make Your Performance Review Process Less Painful

Government Executive

If you’re a leader in an organization that puts a lot of effort into the annual performance review process, here are three ideas that can make the annual review process more meaningful and help set you and your team up for success.

Chattanooga’s Data-Driven Mission to End Veteran Homelessness

What Works Cities

In 2014, the city set out to house all of the city’s homeless veterans by 2016. They canvassed the city to track down every homeless veteran and found 184. They then began to hold weekly meetings with case managers and city officials, using a dashboard to track progress. It partnered with other agencies and nonprofits, and created a taskforce to get veterans into housing, cutting the time from 300 to 60 days. This use of data-driven techniques was then applied to other realms.

Resource of the Week:   Tools for Decision Making: A Practical Guide for Local Government

David Ammons and Dale J. Roenigk (2022) 3rd edition. Routledge Publishers

This brand-new third edition is written in an easy-to-read style with an emphasis on providing practical assistance to local government practitioners, it features analytic methods selected for their relevance to everyday problems encountered in city and county governments.

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