Accountability and Performance Update – February 28 – March 6, 2022

Meet the “Nudgers” – Pushing Behavioral Science to New Levels

Bloomberg Cities Network

Many city leaders took what they learned [about the uses of behavioral insights] and are now seeding it more deeply into their organizations. . . . Bloomberg Cities caught up with four people leading these efforts in U.S. city halls to learn more about how they’re using nudges in local government and what they’ve learned along the way. 

Four Ways to Make Data Work Better for Residents

Results for America

“Rather than try to overhaul their entire data infrastructure in a single pass, local governments can look to their peers for smaller, more attainable ways to improve their data practices. ”

Auditor’s 2021Annual Accountability Report

City of Portland (OR)

The year 2021 may best be described as one of endurance and reflection. . . . Community groups and leaders embraced our recommendations and joined our call for better, more equitable government.  

Tennessee Creates New System to Track Procurement Diversity


Tennessee’s Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (Go-DBE) launched dashboards last week to report contracting diversity spend and increase transparency around this data. . . . There is a public-facing dashboard that will be updated weekly as well as internal, agency-specific dashboards to track metrics related to increasing minority group participation in the government contracting process.

Shared Measures: Collective Performance Data Use in Collaborations

Alexander Kroll, Cambridge University Press (book)

Traditionally, performance metrics and data have been used to hold organizations accountable. This case study of collaboratives in North Carolina that were established to develop community responses to the opioid epidemic. It explains the use of shared performance measures in collaborative settings.

Resource of the Week:  Leap of Reason Initiative

The Leap of Reason Initiative is aimed at inspiring and supporting great leaders and funders in the nonprofit and foundation communities to build great organizations for greater societal impact by creating meaningful, measurable, and sustainable improvements in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Its website contains numerous resources and a framework in which implementation can take place.

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