Accountability and Performance Weekly – July 25-31

Performance Management
Why Evidence-Based Policymaking Is Just the Beginning
Susan Urhan, Governing
In delivering social services and other programs, measuring effectiveness is critical.
As Companies Shed Annual Reviews, Should Government Follow Suit?
Howard Risher, Government Executive
The point is not to reduce the focus on performance, but to reinforce it.

Bipartisan Evidence-Based Policy Bill Passes House
Charles Clark, Government Executive
The House approved a bipartisan plan for a commission to expand use of agency data to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and tax expenditures.
The Next Big Thing in Data Analytics
Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Governing
As the amount of data that governments accumulate grows, so does the need to disaggregate it.
Behavioral Science’s Growing Role in Making Government Work Better
Sharman Haley, Governing
A stronger focus on human factors can go a long way toward improving public services.
Analytics Play Key Role in Boston’s Tech Modernization
Justine Brown, Government Technology
Boston’s Citywide Analytics Team is bringing the power of data to everything the city does.

Open Government
Agencies plow ahead with DATA Act despite big hurdles
Emily Kopp, Federal News Radio
The executive branch has gotten the DATA Act off to a good start, but persistent problems with the data itself threaten to undermine the financial transparency that the law is intended to achieve.
Data Act implementation hung up on definitions
Zach Noble, Federal Computer Week
Words, rather than numbers, are proving key to bringing all federal agencies together in the push for financial transparency.
Transparency advocate sees hope in 3 open-data initiatives
Emily Kopp, Federal News Radio
The DATA Act is forcing agencies to standardize their financial data, and Congress and regulatory agencies slowly are doing the same with legislation and regulations.

Risk Management
What exactly is enterprise risk management?
Douglas Webster, Thomas Stanton, Federal Computer Week
It’s more than simply rolling up the traditional risk management efforts — and it’s increasingly critical for agencies.

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