Obama's Performance Measurement Agenda
Will the president's performance measurement efforts be used to balance the budget, or to fund successful programs?
By: Phillip Joyce
March 23, 2011
Summary: Author, Phillip Joyce, outlines the four main performance management reforms that the Obama administration has focused on since his election. Moreover, he compares the progress of the four performance management reform systems in the context of the last two administrations, raising questions of accountability and transparency.
5 Steps to Effective Gov 2.0 Initiatives
Federal Computer Week
By: Mark Madsen
March 14, 2011
Summary: Federal Computer Week's, Mark Madsen writes a commentary piece on the use of social media/micro-blogging tools (Gov 2.0 technologies), and the importance for federal agencies to be able to measure their success. He asserts that Gov 2.0 technologies should be treated and measured like any other strategic initiative in order to derive the most benefit out of technology. The piece recommends five insightful steps designed to monitor the value of government's social media initiatives.
IBM Data Comparison Site for Cities Launched
By: Andy Opsahl
March 10, 2011
Summary: IBM launches City Forward, a free online tool utilized to generate benchmarking performance data to compare cities to other municipalities. The City Forward web portal compiles data from 55 cities worldwide, capturing statistical information across the following categories: education, safety, health, transportation, land use, utilities, energy, environment, personal income, spending, population growth and employment. The Web-based software centralizes data for easier comparison and visualization to other jurisdictions, according to IBM.
The Perils of Performance Measurement
If you want performance management to really take hold in your organization, follow these 6 tips
By: Babak Armajani
March 02, 2011
Summary: Governing's contributing writer Babak Armajani examines the questions that managers should be asking with respect to integrating performance measurement initiatives into an organization and, specifically, traditionally bureaucratic organizational cultures. He recommends six tips to begin the process of building a stable performance-based culture.