Accountability and Performance Update – January 17-23, 2022

Is Performance Measurement a Fad That Has Now Come and Gone?

Federal Computer Week (Steve Kelman)

Steve Kelman warns that a constant priority under the previous four presidents is getting far less attention from the Biden administration.

How Agencies Are Using Data and Data Science to Evaluate Programs

Federal News Network

The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, passed back in 2018, aims to bring data and data science more deeply into evaluation. There’s even a foundation to support this work. Recently it surveyed agencies to see how they’re doing. Data Foundation president Nick Hart joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the findings.

Why Do We Need to Rethink Budgeting?

ICMA/Government Finance Officers Association

The public finance profession has an opportunity to update local government budgeting practices to take advantage of new ways of thinking, new technologies, and to better meet the changing needs of communities. The Rethinking Budgeting initiative will raise new and interesting ideas like those featured in this paper and will produce guidance for state and local policy makers on how to local government budget systems can be adapted to today’s needs.

Resource of the Week: Funding Performance Profiles (Nonprofits)

Links to reports and papers by Foundations and other Funders of nonprofit grantees that support learning and performance improvements by grant recipients.

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