Accountability and Performance Update – February 21-27, 2022

The Persistent Problem of Poor Data Quality

Barrett & Greene

Unquestionably the problem of poor data quality needs continued – and more aggressive – attention. We know there have been improvements in many places since we wrote our 2015 feature, but though people who are dedicated to state and local government are taking steps in the right direction, in the words of Robert Frost they have “miles to go before they sleep.”

The Performance Practice

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The Performance Practice is a structured approach to help organizations delve deeper into the Performance Imperative and apply it for ongoing reflection, learning, and continuous improvement. . . . Each module of the Performance Practice is based on one of the seven pillars of the Performance Imperative.

The Role of Evidence in How Local Governments Spend Federal Pandemic Relief Funds

Mathematica (Podcast – 1 hour)

Guests Zachary Markovits of Results for America, Christy McFarland of the National League of Cities, and Candace Miller of Mathematica discuss local spending of federal aid from the American Rescue Plan Act, including the role that data, evidence, and evaluation play in the use of those funds.

Using Behavioural Insights in the Public Service (free online workshop – March 2nd)

Join this free online workshop to gain an understanding of behavioural insights and learn how they can be employed in the public service to help government tackle a wide range of issues, from public engagement to pandemic management.

The Road to Rigorous Evaluation


As part of our statewide data strategy, CalData is working to increase the capacity of the State workforce and leadership to appropriately use data and evidence to support their work. We want to improve the capacity to ask key questions, use data tools effectively, and approach evaluation across our workforce.

Resource of the Week:  MITRE Center for Data Driven Policy

The Center for Data-Driven Policy is a resource for government, universities, think tanks, and other organizations to draw on for evidence- and experiential-based insights on policy priorities.

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