News from PPMRN - April 2011

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Public Performance Measurement Online Certificate Program

The next Online Public Performance Measurement Course - Citizen Surveys and Reporting (PPM 400) will begin April 25, 2011 and end on May 27, 2011. There's still time to register for the course. Click here to register.


PPMRN Website Relaunch

The Public Performance Measurement & Reporting Network is in the final stages of recreating its website to include more resources for the Performance Measurement and Reporting community! The new website will feature new sections such as: Teaching Tools, Latest News, Performance Measurement 101, and much more! We have also made the new website more user friendly, so that it's easier for you to find the resources you are looking for. We will be announcing the website relaunch date in an email to all of our members. 


PPMRN 4th Annual Conference 

Save the Date! The Public Performance Measurement & Reporting Network will be holding its 4th Annual Conference on September 23-24, 2011 at Rutgers-Newark, NJ. More details to come!


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Upcoming Events

May 3-4, 2011 

AGA's Second Annual Federal Performance Conference
Arlington, VA 


May 18-20, 2011

Fourth International Transportation Systems Performance Measurement Conference

Transportation Research Board;

Irvine and Newport Beach, California

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 Performance Measurement and Reporting In The News

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 

Government Technology

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.

Public Performance Measurement Certificate Program 

We are pleased to inform you that registration for all upcoming courses in the Public Performance Measurement program is now available! Offered by the National Center for Public Performance and the Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network, the Public Performance Measurement certificate is a vital tool for establishing and/or broadening performance measurement expertise.  

PPM Certificate
Public Performance Measurement Certificate Schedule:  

  • Citizen Surveys and Reporting (PPM 400):
     April 25, 2011 to May 27, 2011
  • Governmental Transparency and E-Governance (PPM 500):
     June 13, 2011 to July 15, 2011
  • Public Performance Measurement (PPM 100):
     July 18, 2011 to August 19, 2011

Read what students have to say! - Download: Student Feedback (pdf)  


Download: PPM Certificate Information Sheet (pdf) 


For More Information: http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/home/programs/ppm


To Register: https://spaanwk.scholarchip.com