Accountability and Performance Weekly – December 4-11

Using Data and Evidence to Move the Needle on Social Problems
Patrick McCarthy, Governing
Rather than relying on aggressive policing and incarceration, these tools could help us find better ways help those left behind.

The Use of Rapid Evaluation Methods to Improve Performance (Part 2)
While performance data are used on an ongoing basis to monitor the quality of service provision and outcomes, rapid evaluation methods can use these same data to support short-term studies to drive improved performance.

Evidence at the Crossroads Pt. 5: Improving Implementation Research
William T. Grant Foundation
In an environment where effective programs are often adopted and implemented in new contexts, is it time to focus on implementation research that can support this adoption?

Measuring Social Impact: The Nuts and Bolts of Making a Difference
How can we weigh different investments and predict which will be successful? How is success measured? And is there still a role for traditional philanthropy?

The evolving role of the chief data officer
Aisha Chowdhry, Federal Computer Week
Chief data officers are still finding out where they fit into agency plans and hierarchies.

18F, Digital Service are here to stay, CIO says
Mark Rockwell, Federal Computer Week
The new in-house IT consultancies at GSA and OMB will likely outlast the Obama administration, according to federal CIO Tony Scott.

Open Government
Making Agencies More Transparent
Sarah Veale, Michael O’Neill, Erik Kjeldgaard, The Public Manager
Transparency can play a big role in monitoring and tracking agency progress on goals. A new GAO study details the effectiveness of six agencies in reporting on the quality of their performance information.

Presidential Transition
Making Decisions in a Time of Transition (Part II)
Dan Chenok, Business of Government
By being thoughtful and intentional in their approach, leaders can accelerate the achievement of the new elected president’s priorities, reduce risk, and increase the capacity of agencies to deliver on mission objectives.

2016 Presidential Transition Already Under Way, Think Tank Says
Charles Clark, Government Executive
With surveys showing trust in government at record lows, it’s not too early to begin an orderly and nonpartisan transition to the next presidential administration and begin rebuilding faith in agencies.

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