Accountability and Performance Update – May 30-June 5, 2022

Performance Strategies & Tactics in USDA’s Strategic Plan

Owen Amber (LinkedIn Post)

Highlights of several USDA performance strategies and tactics detailed in its most recently released strategic plan.

GPRA Reform 3.0

The Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee introduced S.4167 “Federal Agency Performance Act of 2022” to amend the Government Performance and Results Act to require annual agency strategic reviews – which is currently an OMB-developed initiative begun under President Obama and which continues today. The bill also includes other administratively-developed best practices.

Minnesota Boosts State’s Capacity to Evaluate Effectiveness of Agency Programs

Pew Charitable Trusts/Results First

Minnesota has expanded its internal capacity to evaluate programs and guide their improvement to ensure better public outcomes with the creation of the state’s Impact Evaluation Unit

Using Machine Learning to Improve Targeting to At-Risk Populations

Social Impact

In this post, we highlight a recent Data Science project that used machine learning to improve a risk screen to more efficiently target violence-prevention counseling programs towards youth most at-risk of becoming involved in crime.

How the Federal Government Is Mobilizing to Enable Data-Driven Decision Making


This is the story of the federal government initiative to transform all Federal agencies to enable data-driven decision making in a fast-paced, changing, and competitive world and national economy.

Resource of the Week:  Conducting Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

J-PAL North America

This resource is intended for researchers who are interested in collecting cost data and conducting comparative cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) for their evaluation. 

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