Accountability and Performance Weekly – July 29-August 4

100+ Government  Mechanisms to  Advance the Use of  Data and Evidence  in Policymaking: A Landscape Review
Results for America
This report surveys strategies and mechanisms that governments across the world are using to advance and institutionalize the use of data and evidence in policymaking.

Legislation Makes Data-Driven Decision-Making Part of Indiana’s Cultural Governance Fabric
Eyragon Eidam, Government Technology
New legislation is doing more than outlining the guidelines for state agency data sharing; it’s also strengthening the culture that comes with it.

4 Ways Implementation Support Centers Assist in the Delivery of Evidence-Based Programs
Sarah Dube, Pew Charitable Trusts
A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts details how some states have created “implementation support centers” to help non-profit service providers and local government with implementing new programs.

What Does the Public Think About Cross-sector Collaboration?
Neil Britto, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Insights gleaned from focus groups exploring the public’s views of cross-sector collaboration can help practitioners better communicate their work.

An update on the use of impact bonds around the would: An interview with Emily Gustaffson-Write, Fellow, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Podcast
Social Impact Bonds or Pay for Success projects draw on private sources of capital to fund preventive services, with governments acting as the outcome funders, paying back the money with a profit if specific targets are met.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – July 22-28

Performance Management
Insights from C-Stat in Colorado at year 5: An interview with Reggie Bicha, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Podcast
The Colorado Department of Human Services recently celebrated five years of C-Stat, its performance management and leadership strategy and one of the leading examples in the U.S. of data-informed decision making in human services.

The Performance Revolution Government Needs
Howard Risher, Government Executive
When the brand of government is unattractive to top talent, it should be a reason for reform.

How Agencies Can Deliver Better Results for Less Money
Thomas Romeo, Government Executive
Contractor compensation should be tied to how well vendors deliver on program outcomes.

To fight fraud, follow the data
Ben Berliner, Federal Computer Week
Federal program managers are being urged to use data analytics and information sharing to sniff out fraud, abuse and improper payments.

How Federal Agents Took Down a $1.3 Billion Health Care Fraud Scheme
Frank Konkel, Nextgov
Using sophisticated data analytics, busts are getting bigger.

Open Government
Can Government Earn Citizens’ Trust?
Donald Kettl, Government Executive
Transparency advocates believe openness is essential, but it’s a lot more complicated than that.

How Quality Data Equips Federal Leaders for OMB’s Reorganization Plans
Christian Hoehner, David Paschane, Kevin Kosar and Eric Hannel, Nextgov
By offering significant political cover, the OMB order creates the ideal environment for proactive leaders to re-examine the fundamentals of our government’s operational capabilities, performance management and outcomes.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – July 15-21

Performance Management
How to Avoid Four Fatal Flaws When Designing Your Government Performance Management System
Prajapati Trivedi, Business of Government
Most performance management systems suffer from serious conceptual flaws that have regularly proven to be fatal.

New Law Aims To Cut Red Tape
Jack Corigan, Government Executive
Achieving the aims of the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act may be hampered by vacancies at OMB.

Education Department innovation and research grants program seen as successful model
Corinne Lestch, EdScoop
The grant program gets high marks in a new study for relying on “tiered evidence” as a basis for awarding funding for education innovations.

Launching an applied research team within city government
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Podcast
In 2016, the District of Columbia launched The Lab @ DC, to embed the scientific method into the heart of day-to-day governance of the city to provide decision makers with high-quality evidence.

How New Zealand links data from public data sets to address important policy challenges
Andy Feldman, GovInnovator Podcast
Statistics New Zealand is known as a leader in linking data from different data sets in order to enable research and insights into important and complex policy challenges with the goal of improving outcomes for New Zealanders.

NAPA report calls for overhaul of civil service system
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Calling the government’s human capital system “fundamentally broken,” a new report calls for a federated system that focuses on staffing agencies to help them achieve their missions.

Nine Major Agency Reform Proposals in the House GOP Budget
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Eliminating programs, restructuring agency components, streamlining hiring and more.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – July 8-14

DATA Act: Agile’s First Governmentwide Win
Heather Kuldell, Nextgov
Governmentwide projects are particularly complicated, but here’s one that ends on time and under budget.

What’s coming in’s next revamp
Adam Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week
Contracting documents indicate more automation, geocoding and open source are in store for the federal online repository

Do Tiered Evidence Grants Work?
John Kamensky, Business of Government
Tiered evidence grants represent a new approach to base funding decisions on evidence of outcomes. But do they work?

9 Ways to Make Federal Legislation Evidence-Based
Results for America
A 9-point plan of ways Congress can “harness the power of data and evidence to solve our nation’s greatest challenges.”

Optimization aids in quest for government efficiency
Steve Bennett, Federal Computer Week
How agencies can use their data to make better decisions.

Harnessing the Power of Evidence
Anne Kazimirski, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Better use of evidence and developments in evaluation practice can shift the power dynamic between funders, service-delivering organizations, and service users.

Customer Service
Doing less with more: How to improve customer experience on a shrinking budget
David Thornton, Federal News Radio
How does an agency improve customer experience while simultaneously dealing with a shrinking budget, a smaller workforce and maybe even a hiring freeze?

Panel: Government-citizen interactions are in desperate need of modernization
Rachael Kalinyak, Federal Times
The federal government lags behind the private sector in delivering an efficient customer experience, and several factors must be addressed to enhance agencies’ citizen-centered services.

Crowdsourcing Government: Lessons from Multiple Disciplines
Helen Liu, Public Administration Review
Lessons for meeting the practical challenges of crowdsourcing in the public sector.

To innovate, Trump tech office must prioritize users
Chase Gunter, Federal Computer Week
Many administrations have tried to make government more efficient and innovative, but success requires flexibility and focus on the customer.

Could ‘microconsulting’ disrupt government contracting?
Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
Kelman suggests that short engagements priced under the micropurchase threshold could be just the sort of disruptive innovation agencies need.

Why Innovation Programs Should Target Middle-Aged Bureaucrats
Stan Soloway, Government Executive
Data show that the average age of the most successful innovators is somewhere in the mid-40s.

Design Thinking as a Turnaround Tool
Kriss Deiglmeier, Nadia Roumani, and Amanda Greco, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Changing an organization’s vision and culture takes a long time and tremendous commitment, but design thinking can help lead the way.

OMB details exactly what should — and shouldn’t — be in agency budget plans
Rachael Kalinyak, Federal Times
The Office of Management and Budget has detailed the necessary information agencies should submit with their fiscal 2019 budget submissions.

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Accountability and Performance Weekly – June 24-July 7

Performance Management
Agencies Could Learn a Lot From Tennessee’s Shift to Pay for Performance
Howard Risher, Government Executive
The state’s civil service reform efforts offer many lessons for the federal government.

Is the Data Act proving out?
Mark Rockwell, Federal Computer Week
Key sponsors of the Data Act from both parties have good things to say about the financial information being released under the law.

What’s next for spending data?
Mark Rockwell and Ben Berliner, Federal Computer Week
Officials are continuing to iterate on Data Act reporting, and more granular, standardized government info could be in the offing.

DATA Act neither a sprint nor marathon, but a ‘relay race’
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio
Two months after the DATA Act implementation, it is proving to not only be a source of financial accountability, but a beacon, platform, and self-help tool for managing government.

Four fundamental principles of evidence-based policy and practice, drawing from U.S. and European experience: An interview with Howard White, Executive Director, Campbell Collaboration
Andy Feldman, Federal Computer Week
What principles can help guide public leaders—whether policymakers or public managers—in their use of evidence-based policy to improve results?

White House Office of American Innovation Lays Out Priorities
Frank Konkel, Nextgov
The collection of White House talent has been described as a “SWAT team of internal consultants” and a liaison between federal bureaucracies and Silicon Valley innovation.

6 Traits of Productive Hackathons
Stephen Goldsmith, Government Technology
Civic tech competitions require much more than putting a bunch of developers in a room and letting them go to work.

Memo to agencies: Here’s how to address President Trump’s ‘lean government’ plan
Sean Osborne, Federal News Radio
Four ways agencies can boost efficiencies, eliminate duplicative and non-essential functions and improve information-sharing.

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