Accountability and Performance Weekly – August 23-29

Performance Management
An Essential Guide to the ‘Stat’ Revolution in Government
Steve Goldsmith, Governing
A new book provides a comprehensive picture of the performance-management practice that has taken the public sector by storm.

Measuring value with performance management
Howard Steinman, Federal Times
What is a performance management program that would both comply with the laws, represent good management practice, and measure value?

Collaboration
Collaboration is the new normal for networks
Amber Corrin, Federal Times
There are a number of different partners and stakeholders involved in the military’s overarching plan to modernize Defense Department networks and IT, but one central tenet of the broad strategy is standard for everyone involved: Collaboration is the new normal.

Innovation
‘Hacking bureaucracy’ at 18F
Colby Hochmuth, Federal Computer Week
Greg Godbout, executive director of GSA’s innovation lab, wants to set an example in hiring and other areas for the rest of the federal government to emulate.

Cities to Compete for $45 Million Innovation Grants
J.B. Woogan, Governing
A private foundation is offering $45 million to cities willing to test a new model for solving common urban problems, from handgun violence to chronic homelessness.

Riding the Second Wave of Civic Innovation
Jeremy Goldberg, Governing
Public-private collaborations for local-government innovation are spreading. There are some best practices for making them work.

Risk Management
Creating Organizational Self-Defense
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Why don’t agency top leaders know about significant management problems in their organizations before it is too late?

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – August 16-22

Performance Management
DoD hashing out new civilian performance appraisal system
Andy Medici, Federal Times
The new system will consist of three tiers—workers will be rated as unsuccessful, successful or superior—and will be uniform across almost all of DoD.

Efficiency/Reorganization
City Finances and the Promise of Data Visualization
Steve Goldsmith, Governing
New tools that make it easy to find and view government financial data are enabling big gains in efficiency and transparency.

Innovation
A new direction for Presidential Innovation Fellows
Colby Hochmuth, Federal Computer Week
New PIF Director Garren Givens has revamped the selection process and installed a new system that means less “parachuting in” and wider opportunities for participants.

Implementing a department-wide innovation strategy: An interview with Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator
Under Sivak’s leadership HHS launched its IDEA Lab in 2013, which has already catalyzed more than 100 innovation projects.

Buying What Works: Case Studies in Innovative Contracting
Tom Kalil and Lesley Field, OMB Blog
OSTP and OMB have released the first version of Innovative Contracting Case Studies, an evolving document that describes a number of ways Federal agencies are getting more innovation per taxpayer dollar.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – August 9-15

Performance Management
The “-Stat” Movement Turns Twenty
John Kamensky, Business of Government
In his new book on the PerformanceStat model, Harvard’s Bob Behn concludes that the PerformanceStat leadership strategy does improve performance, when adapted thoughtfully to an organization’s environment.

Innovation
OMB launches digital services team to guide IT projects
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
The administration has launched the U.S. Digital Service, a team of experts based inside OMB to improve IT procurement and agencies’ efforts to design public-facing online services.

OMB wants HealthCare.gov lessons to endure in new Digital Service Office
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
The administration is making the concept of an IT rescue team a long-term fixture.

Six ways government can use incentive prizes to spur innovation: An interview with Jesse Goldhammer, Principal, Deloitte Consulting
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Blog
Incentive prizes — also known as prize competitions or challenges — are increasingly being used to spur innovation and address key challenges by public agencies at the federal, state and local levels.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – August 2-8

Performance Management
Doing What Works: Governing in the Age of Big Data
Martin O’Malley, Public Administration Review
Big Data is forever changing the way we manage, market, and move information. In Maryland, it is also changing the way the state is governed.

Accumulated Wisdom
John Kamensky, Business of Government
The Urban Institute’s Harry Hatry is one of the pioneers of the late 20th century performance measurement movement. He has just released a new guide on transforming performance measurement that sums his best practical advice in one place.

Efficiency/Reorganization
Washington State Agencies Report to Legislature on 2014 Efficiency Improvements
Hans Stropo, Plan Washington
In the first five months of this year Washington State government agencies completed more than 100 efficiency-improving initiatives to tighten operations and improve return on investment for taxpayers.

Innovation
Government Problems and the Power of Prizes
Bill Eggers and Anesa Parker, Governing
There’s a reason the public sector is increasingly turning to competitions for innovative solutions. They work.

When Innovation Isn’t Glamorous
Ron Littlefield, Governing
We need to make the case for the glitzless but still innovative initiatives.

‘Pay for Success': a Better Way to Deliver Social Services?
Charles Chieppo, Governing
The idea of shifting the risk of failed initiatives from taxpayers to investors is catching on.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – July 26-August 1

Performance Management
Transforming Performance Measurement for the 21st Century
Harry Hatry, Urban Institute
Modern technology and the considerable demand for information on progress in achieving the outcomes of public programs and policies are creating major opportunities for considerably improving the usefulness of performance information.

Goal Leaders: An Innovation That Works
John Kamensky, Business of Government
A new GAO report on the roles and responsibilities of Agency Priority Goal Leaders seems to confirm that this innovation seems to work.

Analytics/Evaluation
Using logic models, a key building block of results-focused programs: An interview with Tom Chapel, Chief Evaluation Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Blog
Logic models provide a type of map for programs about where they want to go and how they plan to get there.

Innovation
Innovation the NASA Way: What’s Your Mission?
Rod Pyle, Government Executive
It doesn’t take a space race to inspire your team to think and act boldly.

Innovation — even in a bureaucracy!
Federal Computer Week
Graphic defining several approaches to breakthrough innovation.

Philadelphia Opens Innovation Lab for City Employees
Tod Newcombe, Government Technology
The learning space represents an ongoing strategy by Mayor Michael Nutter to institutionalize a new way of problem solving within city government.

Open Government
Socrata’s Open Data Network: A Hub to Connect the Public and Private Sectors
Jason Shueh, Government Technology
San Francisco is collaborating with Socrata on a new open data network that intends to be a hub for data sets across industries.

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