Accountability and Performance Update – April 11-17, 2022

Two Years of Covid Oversight: A Look Back

Government Executive

The CARES Act of 2020 created three pandemic-related oversight entities, and our series will examine their successes and failures as well as their challenges and goals moving forward.

How Small Cities Can Make Big Leaps with Data

Bloomberg Cities Network

You don’t have to be a big city to do big things with data.. . . That’s an unmistakable takeaway from some of the latest cities to achieve What Works Cities Certification, a designation that means they are among the best in the U.S. at using data to deliver better results for their residents. . . Here are five more lessons from the newest Certified cities. 

Toward a Better Measure: Recommendations for State Policy and Education Leaders on Measuring Student Need

Data Quality Campaign

For decades, schools nationwide have collected household income data to identify those eligible for free and reduced-price lunch programs. State leaders have long used this information as a proxy for student economic disadvantage—yet this data is insufficient to understand and address students’ needs.

Targeting Commitment: Interagency Performance in New Zealand

Brookings Institution Press (Rodney Scott, Ross Boyd)

This book explores how and why the New Zealand government in 2012 organized its efforts around achieving 10 results that had previously been resistant to change and how the program was able to create and sustain the commitment of public servants and unleash the creativity of public entrepreneurs.

Resource of the Week:  ASPA Section on Public Performance and Management

SPPM is sponsored by the American Society of Public Administration and promotes the advancement of management and productivity in public and non-profit organizations. It facilitates the exchange of experiences, research results and methodologies chiefly among academics in the US and abroad. It also sponsors the journal, Public Productivity and Management Review.

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