News from PPMRN - August 2009

King County's Evolving Performance Management Program
As part of a new series, PPMRN will feature agencies, municipalities, counties, states, etc. involved in the process of performance measurement. Over the next few months we will explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of how King County, Washington has worked toward the institutionalization of performance measurement and management including where they started, where they are now, where they still want to go, the things that just fell into place, and some of the pitfalls along the way.

If you are interested in participating in this series to discuss the efforts of your agency, municipality, county or state, please contact us at ppmrn@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

King County's Performance Management Journey
- Second Installment

In this article we pose some of the key questions about how we got to this point and how we keep moving forward. Our comments reflect two vantage points: one as the performance management lead in the executive's office and the other as the county auditor who is appointed by the county council. One of the benefits-and challenges - of King County's approach is that legislative and executive interests drove a countywide movement. 

To read more, visit the PPMRN website at http://www.ppmrn.net/resources/articles/5479.
Upcoming Events
September 13-16, 2009
International City/County Management Association (ICMA) 95th Annual Conference

October 1-2, 2009
Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) 2009 International Conference

November 5-6, 2009
Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Performance Management Conference

To see more events, click on the title Upcoming Events (above or here) to be taken to the full PPMRN calendar.

Contact Us
Please send comments, suggestions, story ideas, information about upcoming conferences and workshops, etc. to ppmrn@andromeda.rutgers.edu.
Performance Management Advisory Commission
Releases Public Review Draft of PM Framework
The National Performance Management Advisory Commission, a collaborative effort of 11 leading public sector management organizations, has released a public review draft of A Performance Management Framework for State and Local Government: From Measurement and Reporting to Management and Improving and is seeking review and feedback from all interested parties.    

For more information, please visit the PPMRN website at http://www.ppmrn.net/resources/articles/5001.
Invitation to Comment on GASB Proposal
PPMRN, in conjunction with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is please to provide a unique opportunity for members to comment on the June 30, 2009 GASB Proposal - Suggested Guidelines for Voluntary Reporting of SEA Performance Information. 

On October 20, 2009 from 12:30-2:30pm (Eastern) PPMRN will host an online webinar/
audioconference that will feature members of the GASB team who will answer questions about the Proposed Voluntary Service Efforts and Accomplishments Reporting Guidelines and take your comments.

By providing this opportunity in an online format, PPMRN hopes to encourage wide participation from its membership and to provide constructive feedback to GASB on the content of this proposal.  

We ask that participants read and be familiar with the entire document prior to the webinar in order to accommodate the maximum number of comments during the webinar. 

For more information about this webinar, including instructions on how to register for this free event, please visit the PPMRN website at http://www.ppmrn.net/resources/articles/5749.
Community Indicator Consortium's Seventh Annual International Conference
The theme for the Community Indicator Consortium's Seventh Annual International Conference, which will be be held October 1-2, 2009 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue
Washington, USA, is "Community Indicators as Tools for Social Change: Tracking Change and Increasing Accountability."

This conference is extremely timely given the financial, social, and environmental issues facing communities. The 21st Century requires innovative leadership, a new approach to governance, and better ways to measure progress that ensure the limited resources available are addressing the most pressing problems and being used most effectively.

Join other community representatives at the Community Indicators Consortium's 2009 International Conference as we showcase community indicator best practices and some of the latest indicator efforts, tools, and techniques for measuring and communicating progress and success.

Although the call for proposals has been closed, there is still time to sign up as a sponsor or exhibitor. The preliminary schedule and list of speakers and topics is also now available. Visit the CIC's Seventh Annual International Conference page for more details: http://www.communityindicators.net/conference2009.html.
AGA's Fifth Annual PM Conference
AGA's Fifth Annual PMC will take place on Nov. 5-6, 2009, at the W Hotel in Seattle, where leaders in performance reporting from all levels of government, the private sector and academia will share how-tos, lessons learned and cooperative initiatives among governments. Attendees have told us that the PMC is the place to be for those on the front lines of performance reporting, even if your government is just starting out. This event brings together government officials who are using performance reports to measure progress toward achieving their goals every year.

For more information about the conference please visit the conference website at http://www.agacgfm.org/pmc_2009/index.htm.
Recent Publications
CIOWritten by leading local government CIOs, former CIOs and representatives from the technology sector and academia, "CIO Leadership for Cities & Counties: Emerging Trends & Practices" is designed to help elected leaders, city and county managers and CIOs develop a better understanding of the major technology, management and policy issues that CIOs face in a constantly changing environment. Alan R. Shark, D.P.A., Executive Editor and Contributing Author; published by Public Technology Institute (PTI). For more information, visit http://www.pti.org/cio.