Accountability and Performance Update – Feb 27-Mar 5, 2023

When Data-Based Decision-Making Is Flawed


There may even be an inverse correlation between increased use of data and the likelihood that it is accurate, timely and useful. . . . “The more you rely on data, the more incentive there is for people to be careless with it, because they’re in a hurry,” says Mark Funkhouser, the former mayor of Kansas City.”

Getting Legislatures Interested in the Future

International Political Science Review

Gradually, countries throughout the world have established state-level foresight mechanisms. Most operate under the executive branch, but increasingly such institutions have started to emerge also in legislatures, expanding anticipatory governance towards democratic publics. This article sums up a global survey on progress.

Upcoming: 2023 Marc Holzer Public Performance Symposium

ASPA/National Center for Public Performance

Day-long web-based symposium on the use of data for government performance. It brings together researchers and professionals to discuss key issues and trends. The symposium features a keynote lecture and three panels with 24 experts in the field. March 24, 2023, 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

N. Carolina: A Commitment to Impact

Pew Charitable Trusts, Results First (Video – 5:07 min.)

This video provides a snapshot of the partnership between Results First and North Carolina. In it, North Carolina leaders talk about their initial experiences with the project. It concludes with North Carolina leaders’ thoughts on the future of evidence-based policymaking in their state.

Resource of the Week:  The Elements of a Randomized Evaluation

J-PAL North America

This resource provides a high-level overview of the steps of a randomized evaluation. The reader will find written resources, video lectures, and case studies about different aspects of a randomized evaluation, derived from J-PAL’s professional education programs.

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