Accountability and Performance Weekly – January 20-26

Performance Management
Which Management Initiatives Had the Biggest Impact Over the Past 20 Years?
John Kamensky, Business of Government
A new survey identifies four sets of management initiatives that have had the greatest impact on government management efforts over the past twenty years.

Analytics/Evaluation
Data Is Valuable Only If Managers and Policymakers Will Use It
Adam Neufeld, Government Executive
There’s plenty of evidence about how well programs work, people just tend to ignore it.

Our Opportunity for More Data-Driven Nonprofit Program Evaluation
Tracey Gyateng & Beth Simone Novek, Stanford Social Innovation Review
To accelerate the ethical use of sensitive data, governments and universities are setting up new systems to give secure access to their researchers. However, if they want to be able to evaluate the full range of social service programs, they also need to make this data is useful to nonprofits.

Open Government
We Need A Plan for Federal Communications
Danielle Blumenthal, Government Executive
Trust in government is at an all-time low. Poor communication is one reason.

Reorganization
How Agency Leaders Can Seize the Opportunity to Reorganize Government
Tina Sung and Dee Dee Helfenstein, Government Executive
The Office of Management and Budget soon will begin tracking progress on President Trump’s executive order to reorganize the executive branch.

Strategic Planning
Strategic Foresight and Leadership
Michael Keegan, Business of Government
Strategic foresight is a key skill needed for leaders to be effective in meeting the challenges and demands of today and tomorrow.

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