Accountability and Performance Update – December 20-26, 2021

Does Performance Information Matter to Organizational Outcomes?

American Review of Public Administration (Xu Han and Donald Moynihan)

A study of Texas school districts, where performance management systems are mature, found that using performance information, especially for strategic planning purposes had strong positive effects  in the long termbut did not have similar effects in daily management of school systems. The authors conclude that context matters.

Federal Evaluation Officials 2021: Survey Results on Agency Evaluation Capacity to Implement the Evidence Act

Data Foundation

The survey provides exploratory and suggestive insights about the growth of evaluation practice in federal agencies, while also identifying early Evidence Act successes and challenges experienced by evaluation leaders. 

Evidence-Based Grantmaking in Social Services

Results for America

Excerpt from the broader “Invest in What Works” report (below) that describes how a 2019 Minnesota law requires systematic use of evidence to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

How States and Localities Can Use Data to Spend Federal Funds Wisely

Pew Charitable Trusts

Applying an evidence-based approach to funding new infrastructure problems can ensure communities get the biggest bang for each federal buck.

Resource of the Week: Invest in What Works: 2021 State Standard of Excellence

Results for America

Following its early December announcement of the top states using evidence in making decisions, Results for America has posted more details — 202 examples of data-driven and evidence-based practices, policies, programs, and systems in effect as of August 2021 in 36 states across the country.

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