Accountability and Performance Weekly – April 11-17

Performance Management
The Low-Down on Agency-Run Strategic Reviews
John Kamensky, Business of Government
The Director of OMB, Shaun Donovan, put agencies on notice last week that the Administration is doubling down on the implementation of its priorities and tracking progress more closely.
Creating a Performance and Results Culture
John Kamensky, Business of Government
How do you create a performance-and-results culture in your agency?

Analytics/Evaluation
Five Myths and Five Ways to Create an Analytics Culture
Josh Helms, Business of Government
An organization’s culture is often the biggest impediment to embracing analytics and adopting a big data strategy. This piece poses 5 myths that inhibit culture change and the adoption of a big data strategy, and suggests 5 ways to create a culture that embraces analytics and is open to a big data strategy.

Innovation
NASA Turns to Hackers for Innovations in Space
Jason Shueh, Government Technology
NASA’s annual International Space Apps Challenge gave civic hackers and citizens 48 hours to craft solutions for space exploration and the world’s most vexing social issues.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – April 4-10

Performance Management
Good management or measurement make-work?
Troy Schneider, Federal Computer Week
Goals are good, but reporting requirements can easily get out of hand.

Focusing on Implementation to Drive Continued Progress
Beth Cobert, OMB Blog
In the final year of the Administration it will be more important than ever for the senior leadership team to focus on implementation to lock in progress on Administration priority issues.

Improving Public Services: The Secrets of Award-Winning Cities
John Kamensky, Governing
Technology is important, but it doesn’t work without the right governance structures and partnerships.

Innovation
How Bloomberg’s Still Changing the Way Cities Operate
J.B. Wogan, Governing
Bloomberg Philanthropies and other organizations have poured an unprecedented amount of money into making cities more innovative and collaborative. What happens when the money runs out.

Open Government
New schema gives agencies framework for DATA Act
Aaron Boyd, Federal Times
Almost one year after President Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), the Treasury Department and Office of Management and Budget released a set of standards to help agencies begin developing interoperable systems for financial reporting.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly, March 28-April 3

Performance Management
Emulating High Performance Companies Comes Down to One Thing
Howard Risher, Government Executive
It’s not the management systems or technology. It’s the way people are managed.

Analytics/Evaluation
Rise of the Data Chiefs: Meet the Federal Officials Aiming to Usher in Government’s ‘Golden Age’ of Data
Jack Moore, Nextgov
Interviews with several agency chief data officers in which they discussed the mission of the CDO and whether there’s room on the federal organizational chart for yet another “chief.”

Commerce’s Chief Data Officer on Leading ‘America’s Data Agency’
Hallie Golden and Camille Tuutti, Nextgov
Ian Kalin brings both a business background, as the former director of open data for the startup Socrata, and government experience, as an Energy Department presidential innovation fellow.

Innovation
An Intriguing New Approach to Funding Social Programs
Feather O’Connor Houstoun, Governing
Pay-for-success programs seem to hold promise as a way to find the up-front investments for programs that save money in the long run.

Think You Know Which Agencies Are Most Innovative?
Charles Clark, Government Executive
A new study points to a handful of other agencies that probably aren’t top of mind when people think about creativity in government.

Millennials leaving government over lack of innovation, study finds
Jory Heckman, Federal News Radio
Agencies more willing to take on innovative projects and ideas are more likely to get the attention of millennials looking for jobs.

The Building Blocks of Local Government Innovation
Jerry Newfarmer, Governing
There’s a lot more to it than a light bulb moment. It won’t happen without the basic foundations in place.

Government in Your Pocket
Charles Chieppo, Governing
Denver is pioneering an innovative website that promises to save taxpayers money while improving the services they get.

Multi-City Innovation Campaign Improves Upon Traditional Hackathon
Jason Shueh, Government Technology
Twenty-five localities and one accelerator have launched a $220,000 campaign to seed civic health apps for residents, with the ultimate goal of taking good ideas and giving them a platform to scale up and be sustainable as a solution.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly, March 21-27

Performance Management
Unleashing Evidence-Based Management in Government
John Kamensky, Governing
By training 100 mid-level staffers as ‘Data Fellows,’ New Jersey’s child-welfare agency has found a formula for improving outcomes.

Analytics/Evaluation
Using analytics to tackle tough agency challenges: An interview with Dean Silverman, former head of the IRS Office of Compliance Analytics
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
How can public agencies at the federal, state and local levels use analytics — including test and learn strategies — to tackle their toughest challenges?

Customer Service
Tech Alone Can’t Solve Government’s Customer Experience Clunkers
Frank Konkel, Nextgov
Technology is helping select agencies improve their customer service, but it’s important to realize that technology is an enabler, not a cure-all.

Innovation
18F is growing up fast
Mark Rockwell, Federal Computer Week
The General Services Administration’s digital incubator group is advanced for its age.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly, March 14-20

Performance Management
Government That Works: Making It Safe to Report Bad Results
John Bernard, Government Executive
The failure to meet targets is a golden opportunity.

Analysis and Evaluation
Cost-benefit analysis 101 for policymakers & public managers: An interview with Henry Levin, Professor, Columbia University
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
Knowing “what works” in policy is important, but so is knowing what policy alternatives cost.

The importance of administrative data for learning what works in public policy: An interview with Raj Chetty, Professor, Harvard University
Andy Feldman, Gov Innovator Podcast
Why is administrative data, also known as big data, important for learning what works in public policy? And what steps can help the U.S. strengthen its data infrastructure for policy-relevant research?

Collaboration
What Does It Really Take to Get Things Done?
John Kamensky, Government Executive
Research shows why cross-functional collaboration is so important.

Risk Management
Five Ways to Avoid GAO’s High-Risk List
Robin Camarote, Government Executive
The challenge isn’t just performance measurement, but also communication.

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