Urban Performance Grants are fiscal transfers from a higher level of government (for example, the central government or — in the case of federal countries — state and provincial governments) to cities and other local governments conditioned on achieving performance in predetermined areas.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has dinged the Office of Management and Budget’s implementation of the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 for not including specific, separate Cross-Agency Priority goals for information technology.
Institute for Government
The UK’s Institute for Government’s annual Performance Tracker reviews the state of nine public services – general practice, hospitals, adult social care, children’s social care, neighbourhood services, schools, police, criminal courts and prisons – and their comparative and inter-connected problems.
Public Administration Review (paywalled)
This study is based on a case study of New York City’s school system and credibly identifies the causal effects of performance signals on equity outcomes. The article also discusses how the incentives provided by growth measures can curb strategic behaviors. The findings provide measured optimism that the current generation of performance regimes can be designed to account for issues of equity.
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