Accountability and Performance Weekly – Jan 11-17

Getting in the big-data game
Frank Konkel, Federal Computer Week
The rapid growth of available information presents opportunities for the U.S. government — the largest holder of information in the world — but getting into the big-data game poses serious challenges for individual agencies.

Rigorous program evaluation on a budget: An interview with Jon Baron, President, Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Blog
How can public leaders and program managers gain rigorous, useful insights into program effectiveness at a modest cost? A report by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, “Rigorous Program Evaluations on a Budget,” offers suggestions.

Pay for success not services
Emily Jarvis, DorobekInsider
Pay for success builds on pay for performance but alters it slightly. Instead of paying for delivery of services, for output, government only pays when providers delivers outcomes.

Innovation in the City of Austin
Many local governments are embracing innovation initiatives that have become commonplace in the private sector. Budget pressures and constituent expectations are pushing government leaders to act. From interactive citizen smartphone apps to appointed officials responsible for driving innovation, the changes in government are encouraging.

Open Government
GAO: Agencies need to improve IT Dashboard data
Frank Konkel, Federal Computer Week
A new GAO report suggests a need for more accurate and timely data flowing to the federal IT Dashboard if the Office of Management and Budget is to properly manage IT investment risk.

Key Transparency Fund Survives in Spending Bill
Gavin Baker, Center for Effective Government
The Electronic Government Fund (E-Gov Fund) will receive a slight boost in funding from recent years, while still falling short of the administration’s funding request.

Government Can’t Do It All, But the Public Can Help
Debra Decker, Government Executive
Government cannot tackle all of the nation’s problems, and it recognizes the need for more help. More agencies should consider an appeal to the public — an approach that leverages citizen problem-solvers. It’s a promising innovative practice that some in government are just starting to embrace.

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