Accountability and Performance Weekly – May 28-June 3

Performance Management
Are the Performance Pieces Finally Falling Into Place?
John Kamensky, Business of Government
It’s taken over 20 years, but the pieces seem to be finally falling into place for the use of performance information to inform decision making.

Twelve “better practices” that can help public leaders tackle key organizational challenges and boost results: An interview with Bob Behn, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Podcast
Bob Behn recommends twelve practices or leadership skills that can help organizations strengthen their performance.

Infusing Government with a Data-Driven Culture
Stephen Goldsmith, Governing
Philadelphia’s former mayor explains the steps his city took to make effective use of data and bring it to bear on performance.

Warner ‘cautiously optimistic’ on DATA Act rollout
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
Sen. Mark Warner said he wants to see agency updates and a plan to ensure the law’s rollout isn’t lost amid the election season.

Getting “Moneyball” Right in the Social Sector
Srik Gopal and Lisbeth B. Schorr, Stanford Social Innovation Review
The rigorous use of data to guide social funding decisions is essential, but to do it well, we need to broaden the evidence base, focus on principles of practice, and embrace adaptive integration over fidelity.

What can the government do about big data fairness?
Bianca Spinosa, Federal Computer Week
Big data analytics are used in making determinations for credit, employment, and even criminal sentencing. Should the government make sure they are used fairly?

Open Government Not your grandfather’s GSA
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Steve Kelman checks in on the bootstrap effort to better crowdsource government research.

Hackathon, policy moves designed to apply tech to foster care programs
Aisha Chowdry, Federal Computer Week
The White House launched a two-day hackathon to develop better data tools for foster care providers and social workers and announced a host of policy initiatives to back up the effort.

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