Accountability and Performance Update – Oct 10-16, 2022

Project Performance Reporting in New South Wales [Australia] Local Government

International Journal of Public Administration (Austin Morris, et al) – Gated access

This research highlights the inconsistencies in the way local government project performance is being reported and presents one measure of project success based on publicly available information.

Building a Data Foundation

Partnership for Public Service (report release event – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, Oct. 26)

This on-line event will focus on the release of a new report about how select federal agencies have successfully created a data infrastructure and used that data to drive lasting change on the three priorities in the President’s Management Agenda.

Priority-Based Business Planning and Budgeting

Strathcona County, Alberta, Canada

Priority based budgeting helps Strathcona County to better understand the services it provides citizens and businesses; how much they cost, and how they reflect and address its 8 strategic goals and priorities.  

Performance Audit Reports (podcast: 37:10 min.)

Mark Funkhouser

In this podcast interview, Funkhouser describes by performance auditors need information, ideas, and allies – and why the final reports never “speak for themselves.”

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Accountability and Performance Update – Oct 3-9, 2022

Create a Growth Culture, not a Performance-Obsessed One

Harvard Business Review

C-Suite leaders are focused on how to build higher performance cultures. The irony, we’ve found, is that building a culture focused on performance may not be the best, healthiest, or most sustainable way to fuel results. Instead, it may be more effective to focus on creating a culture of growth.

Evidence 2.0 (Webinar, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m. Eastern)

Data Foundation/U.S. Office of Management & Budget/Office of Science & Technology Policy

Exploring new approaches for applying evidence in active, real-time decision-making environments. How will evidence generated via data initiatives most effectively be translated into meaningful and appropriate uses for decision-making and policymaking?

Entering the Evidence Promised Land (Chapter 20: Making the Evidence Act a Law)

Bipartisan Policy Center

This chapter by Nick Hart is an insider’s description of how the Evidence Act came about. 

How Nonprofits Can Incorporate Equity into Their Measurement, Evaluation and Learning

The Bridgespan Group

Measuring with equity means incorporating a range of voices and viewpoints, including those with the least traditional power, and putting the challenges and solutions from your community and constituents at the core of how you think about impact

Resource of the Week:  Evidence-Based Policymaking Resource Center

Social Science Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University

This center contains resources regarding the five components of evidence-based policymaking, including briefs exploring their key elements, fact sheets highlighting best practices to approaching each one, and analyses of states and counties implementing them in their jurisdictions.

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Accountability and Performance Update – Sept 26-Oct 2, 2022

OMB Posts Quarterly Agency Performance Updates

This quarter’s Agency Priority Goal updates (September 2022) are now posted on, which describe how more than 80 APGs are helping agencies across government advance a range of initiatives, include customer experience, equity, and more. One more year remaining to meet targeted objectives! 

#CXDay 2022 – October 4 via Social Media

Is your federal agency making strides in Customer Experience or measurably improving services to Americans? If so, help celebrate and champion CX in government on social media on this date – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebok, and more! See the Toolkit!

Future-Proof Your Strategy: Scenario Planning

UVA Darden School

A good strategist understands that the future unfolds in ways that are unforeseeable as frequently as they’re predictable. The Scenario Planning Tool has the benefit of forcing all decision-makers to set aside their assumptions about the future and to embrace contingency planning for multiple possibilities, for exogenous shocks and for crises, considering the risks and opportunities they may entail.

Evaluation and Auditing: Oversight of DATA Act Implementation (Webinar – Oct. 12, 1 p.m. Eastern)

Data Foundation/U.S. Government Accountability Office

Evaluations of how federal agencies implemented the DATA Act are examples of how GAO and the IG community support, coordinate, and leverage evaluative activities guided by practices in the GAO Yellow Book (Government Auditing Standards). Taken as a whole, these evaluations also provide powerful examples of the benefits and challenges of conducting “real time” audits of a complex, government-wide reform initiative.

Resource of the Week:  Tennessee’s Evolution to Banking on Data

GovCIO Outlook

State leaders have prioritized the use of data and evidence in decision-making, creating an Office of Evidence and Impact in 2019. OEI works across state government to advance the use of data and evidence-based policymaking and budgeting. 

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Accountability and Performance Update – Sept 19-25, 2022

Codifying an Office to Track Implementation of President’s Management Agenda

Government Executive

The Governmentwide Executive Councils Administration and Results Improvement Act (S. 4828) would codify the existing Office of Executive Councils, which is located in the General Services Administration, and require it to coordinate policy planning and legislative recommendations for each of the existing statutory councils (such as the Chief Financial Officers Council and Chief Information Officers Council).

Access to Data for Accountability

Federal News Network

Ann Ebberts, the CEO of AGA, said the biggest challenge that emerged from the survey of federal inspectors general was about data sharing across the different organizations. She said the recognition that federal, state and local auditors could work faster and smarter if agencies and Congress removed some of the major roadblocks to sharing data.

Can Learning Agendas Improve Performance?

Federal News Network (Interview with Bob Tobias)

“Theoretically, it’s great. But I think a good process does not necessarily guarantee a good result. And I think the learning agenda missed the most important critical question to achieving increased agency performance. And that is leadership development.” 

Priority-Based Budgeting: An Honest Broker Among Municipal Functions?

Public Budgeting & Finance (David Mitchell) – Gated Article

This study examines 32 municipal PBB implementers with difference-in-differences analysis; finding a varied effect upon municipal functions that casts doubt on its ability to fully reallocate budgetary resources from low- to high-priority programs.

Pittsburg’s Priority-Based Budgeting Approach

City of Pittsburgh

We are creating a shared language with residents to better understand how the city’s budget is developed, prioritized, and ultimately aligned to community priorities. This budgeting approach provides clarity and an open space for the community to join the budgeting conversation.

Baltimore Creating Digital & Performance Teams to Improve Transparency

$1.1 million of ARPA funds is being invested in expanding the capacity of the Mayor’s Office of Performance & Innovation with a City Performance Team. With the newly codified barometers, each city agency will be able to provide performance plans and reports to the public for more government transparency.

Resource of the Week:  Bringing Context to Quality of Life Ratings

Barrett & Greene

Government Performance Action and Learning is a new partnership whose goal is to bring together comprehensive community information, providing simple to use indices and insights that will lead to improved performance. It is intended to allow leaders to see connections between disparate community data that, before now, only lived in siloed sources.

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Accountability and Performance Update – Sept 12-18, 2022

Accountability for Roadway Designers


New York City has data showing substantial reductions in serious injuries and fatalities resulting from road diets, pedestrian islands and sidewalk extensions. Advocates say it’s a rare kind of accountability for roadway designers.

How Little Rock Is Harnessing Data


Frank Scott made history when he became the first Black elected mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, after his 2018 election. As mayor, Scott has emphasized the need to collect, use and share data on city services to improve the city’s responsiveness with the public.

Federal Management Learning Agenda

U.S. Office of Management and Budget

The Biden-Harris Management Agenda Vision sets out key priorities for an equitable, effective, and accountable Government that delivers results for all Americans. A management-focused learning agenda in support of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) identifies key performance questions to answer to support the PMA vision.

Issue Brief: Communicating Evidence

Urban Institute

In this brief, we discuss the different ways in which evidence can be communicated to different types of users and the importance of evidence being timely, readily available, and comprehensible

U.S. Chief Data Scientist Advocates for More Disaggregating Data


U.S. Chief Data Scientist Denice Ross’ focus has been ensuring the data agencies are using and publishing are yielding more equitable outcomes for Americans. And that requires the “next generation of open data” as she sees it: disaggregated data.

Five-Year Progress Report on Evidence Commission Recommendations

Data Foundation

 This report summarizes the progress to date, emphasizes areas where need for attention remains, and recognizes there is substantial variation across federal agencies in implementing many of the key recommendations of the 2017 Evidence Commission.

Resource of the Week:  Two Tools for Tracking the American Rescue Plan’s Local and National Impacts

Brookings Institution

Brookings Metro and Greater MSP (the Twin Cities region) have created tools that gather, summarize, and visualize how local governments are putting their State-Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to work, in more than 300 communities across the country.

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