News from PPMRN - June 2010

The First Northeast Conference on Public Administration - Call for Papers and Presentations
The first Northeast Conference on Public Administration, being held October 22-23, 2010 at Rutgers University-Newark, will focus on "Public Service Under Pressure" and will provide attendees with a diverse group of themes and presenters, including a plenary session with world leaders titled "Reimagining Governance in the 21st Century," sponsored by the Lincoln Center Institute.

The conference is divided into five sub-themes, including:
  • Implications of the financial crisis for public service
  • Performance under pressure
  • Innovation opportunities and perils
  • Governance challenges after the great recession
  • Sector-specific breakout session (public safety, nonprofits, education, healthcare, and transportation)
Academics, students, and practitioners are encouraged to submit their presentation, paper, or poster about "Public Service Under Pressure." For more information, including submission guidelines and how to register for the conference, visit http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/home/conferences/necopa

Upcoming Events
July 11-13, 2010
Meeting: Transportation Research Board (TRB) Planning and Performance Measurement for All Modes - Minneapolis, MN

July 15, 2010
Webinar: Measuring for Engagement and Participation

October 13-14, 2010
Conference: Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Performance Management Conference - Baltimore, MD

October 22-23, 2010
Conference: (The First) NECoPA: Northeast Conference on Public Administration - Newark, NJ

To see more events, click on the title Upcoming Events (above or here) to be taken to the full PPMRN calendar.
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Job Announcement: King County, Washington Seeks Performance Management System Lead
Responsibilities include:
  • Plan, develop, manage and evaluate strategies to effectively address countywide performance management system needs and resources; determine system scheduling and priorities and effectively address strategic performance management approaches and business options for evaluation and consideration.
  • Oversight, coordination and management of project direction for the Performance Management system, resource review and allocations, analyses of approaches to meet different department needs, and resolution/integration of Countywide responses to development and implementation.
  • Serve as the Performance Management and Performance Measurement expert and adviser, providing the Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Management and other department stakeholders with project direction and plans; system needs and priorities; and resolve issues and conflicts as they arise.
  • Develop guidelines and operating standards to address Performance Management system functionalities; lead working groups through discussions and approaches.
  • Work with and direct the work of selected professional consultants, ensuring that their work conforms to directives, guidelines and operating standards in place; negotiate applications needs and approaches.
  • Monitor project status; support training of county users on the Performance Management system.
    Work through the agency's ABT Single Point of Contact to identify appropriate agency resources to be assigned to the activities in the project plan
  • Track project issues and ensure how and when the issue is expected to be resolved, and who is assigned to activities related to resolving the issue
  • Develop and update existing performance measures for the ABT program HCM, Finance, and Budget System projects.
  • Facilitate actions with business owners to monitor and resolve Benefits Realization issues and reporting.
  • Monitor and support the completion of measurement actions required by metric owners and help resolve issues or coordinate updates and adjustments to plan.
  • Provide the scheduled reports on Benefits Realization for the ABT Program
  • Create and modify processes and procedures to protect and improve the integrity of the performance measurement and reporting process.
For more information about the position including instructions on how to apply please visit:
King County Jobs
What is Working And What Is Not?
Have you ever wished you could see what others have done in similar situations?

As part of an on-going project the Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network is starting this new section that will feature real-world examples about how performance measurement and reporting is being implemented in municipalities, counties, and states across the country.  Topics might include: successes with performance measurement; budgetary savings realized through the use of performance measurement data and systems; specific challenges that have been overcome that many others may face; discussions about legislation unique to your jurisdiction that may have helped get performance measurement efforts started; general problems, pitfalls, and other concerns, that your city or town is struggling with and would benefit from dialogue with others who are in the same position or overcome these challenges; the integration of performance measurement into the budget process (or the failure for this to be realized); and much more. We would like to ask that practitioners submit  examples from their municipalities, ideas, and requests, so that we can bring this information to the larger community and foster a dialogue across communities and provide the opportunity to bring innovations to light, provide problem solving support and help generate new successes.

In addition to features in the newsletter, this section will provide opportunities for discussions in our forums (where you can post any time), and can serve as the basis for webinars, training, future articles, and other tools for our community. 

Help others benefit from your experience and expertise. Please send us your examples and questions. For further information about the project please email ppmrn@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

Community Indicators Call for Real Stories Extended
The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2010 Call for Real Stories is July 7, 2010. Notification of selected proposals and guidelines for development will be sent by the end of July. The deadline for the written first draft is September 15, 2010.

The Community Indicators Consortium (CIC), as part of a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is seeking proposals to write "Real Stories" of communities, organizations, and/or jurisdictions that have tried, successfully and not so successfully, to integrate community indicators and organizational performance measures.

The Real Stories project is intended to provide real life examples of the advantages and challenges to both community indicator and organizational performance measurement projects as a result of integrating or linking these two types of efforts. The published Real Stories, from 5-20 pages in length, will be used to advance the knowledge of community indicators-organizational performance measures integration and for training and other outreach material to community leaders as a way to improve or inform decision-making and create measurable, positive change in communities.

We are looking for proposals from individuals and groups who are directly involved in these efforts as well as individuals and organizations that work with community indicator and performance measurement projects. A stipend of $2,000 will be awarded for each Real Stories published.Three-to-five Real Stories will be selected for publication in 2010.

For more information please visit the Community Indicators Consortium website at http://www.communityindicators.net/communities-of-practice,ci-pm-integration,real-stories