Accountability and Performance Update – December 27, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Defense Department to Reform its Planning-Programming-Budgeting-Execution System

Federal News Network

Two new legislative provisions require studies of the Pentagon’s PPBE system. One sets up an expert commission to take the current process apart and come up with alternatives. A second orders Defense itself to create a plan to consolidate all of the IT systems it uses to plan and execute its budget.

Reflections from Collaborations on Projects Using Behavioral Science

Office of Evaluation Services, U.S. General Services Administration

The office held an event to celebration completion of 100 collaborations across government using data and technology to improve service delivery governmentwide. It reflected on lessons learned from successes and failures.

The Science of Visual Data Communication: What Works

Psychological Science in the Public Interest

This report presents research-backed guidelines for creating powerful and intuitive visualizations oriented toward communicating data to students, coworkers, and the general public. Figure 2 is an amazing summary!

Participatory Budgeting in New York City

NYC Civic Engagement Commission

There are three participatory budgeting processes in New York City – at the neighborhood level, 33 neighborhoods are participating. The City Council sponsors projects in 10 council districts. Public schools are also participating in projects. 

City of Flagstaff, AZ, Applies Priority-Based Budgeting Techniques


The City of Flagstaff is in its second year of using Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) to guide the creation of its annual budget around seven strategic priorities.

Little Rock, AR, Uses Open Data to Drive Resident Engagement

What Works Cities

Little Rock is one of 23 cities to achieve 20201 What Works Cities Certification. This blog post highlights two specific case examples of what the city has done to improve relations with citizens and improve neighborhood safety.

Resource of the Week: Performance and Management Guide

Health Resources & Services Administration, US Department of Health & Human Services

While this guide is 10 years old, it still covers the basics fairly well. It is missing the more recent trends re: greater use of granular, real-time administrative data, an emphasis on evidence and evaluation, an emphasis on incorporating equity into measures, and the use of social behavioral sciences in assessing the impact of measures on staff and clients. . . in some ways, it shows how the performance management movements has matured.

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