News from PPMRN - May 2011

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Public Performance Measurement Online Certificate Program

The next online Public Performance Measurement Course - Governmental Transparency and E-Governance (PPM 500) will begin June 13, 2011 and end on July 15, 2011. There's still time to register for the course. Click here to register.


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PPMRN 4th Annual Conference -
Call for Papers

The Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network will be holding its 4th Annual Conference on September 23-24, 2011 at the Rutgers University Campus in Newark, NJ. This year's theme is "Performance Measurement: Training, Teaching and Action." We invite proposals for papers, workshops and case studies from practitioners, academics, researchers and students that address issues of performance measurement in the public and nonprofit sectors.


We are soliciting abstracts on the following topics:

  • Bringing Experiential Learning to Teaching Performance Management
  • Online Learning: Opportunities and Limitations
  • Academic and Practitioner's Perspective on Preparing Tomorrow's Performance Management Leaders
  • Reporting Models: Reporting for a Diverse Audience
  • Performance Management: Useful Strategies for Developing Personnel, Implementation and Utilizing Measurement Tools
  • Performance Measurement Tools and Techniques: Best Practices, Evaluations and Municipal Consolidation During a Recession
  • Legal Structure of Performance Measurement


Interpretations of the topics above are accepted, as well as other papers that address the conference theme. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words in length. Please include your name, organization, and abstract topic.


Please submit your abstracts as an attachment by email to Kevin Davis at kevdavis@pegasus.rutgers.edu.


Deadline: The deadline for abstract submission is June 20, 2011.

Proposal acceptance notifications will be sent out by July 18, 2011.

Upcoming Events

June 8, 2011

Improving Controls Can Improve Program Performance


Audio Conference

2-3:50 p.m. EST


July 12-15, 2011

Social Media for Government Conference

Advanced Learning Institute
The Melrose Hotel

Washington, D.C.


August 22-25, 2011

Ninth Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services

Exhibition Centre

University of York

Heslington, York, United Kingdom


August 22, 2011

Moving Beyond the Numbers - Turning Performance Measures
into Dollars


Audio Conference

2-3:50 p.m. EST

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 Performance Measurement and Reporting In The News

OPM Director Sets Performance Measurement as Top Priority 

Federal Times

By: Stephen Losey

May 5, 2011

Summary: Finding a way to accurately measure employee performance is the highest priority of the Office of Personnel Management's Director, John Berry.  Employees, managers, and the public do not believe the government has an adequate performance measurement program.  The government must continually improve its management processes before it can even consider linking employee pay raises to performance.  According to Berry, the government currently does not do a good job tracking and assessing how well employees do their jobs, and that more data is needed to adequately identify indicators of performance.


Massachusetts Senate Leader Calls for 'Performance' Budget 

CNBC Online Article

May 3, 2011

Summary: Therese Murray, Massachusetts legislator heads a call for action to improve the way state tax levies are accounted for by recommending that agency's utilize performance budgeting and review systems.  The Massachusetts legislator testified and argued that past budget appropriations are "clumsy and outdated".  Murray urges the State of Massachusetts to restructure governmental thinking with respect to budgetary decision-making, focusing more on performance, and less on preservation of current programs and agencies.


Scorecard Provides Look at How City is Doing


May 2, 2011

Summary: The City of Fort Collins, CO announces its 2010 Community Scorecard, which is a third round of annual key metrics outlining the city's overall performance. The data is compiled by City Council along with the support of citizen surveys and the International City/County Management Association's Center for Performance Measurement across specific categories, such as 'Economic Health', 'Safe Community' and 'High-Performing Government.'


Agency Performance - Are you over-measured? 

Federal News Radio 1500 A.M.

April 27, 2011

Summary: Federal News Radio's Francis Rose interviews Jon Desenberg, Policy Director at the Performance Institute, on the ongoing debate about over-measurement versus under-measurement in terms of implementation of performance initiatives among government agencies. Mr. Desenberg elaborates on burgeoning directives by the OMB, guiding agencies to further identify performance officers in relation to upcoming deadlines mandated by the Government Performance and Results Act. To listen in on the full interview, kindly visit the link below.

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:   


Cohort 2011A: 

  • Governmental Transparency and E-Governance (PPM 500):
     June 13, 2011 to July 15, 2011

Cohort 2011B:

  • Public Performance Measurement (PPM 100):
     July 18, 2011 to August 19, 2011
  • Performance Based Budgeting (PPM 200):
     September 6, 2011 to October 7, 2011
  • Strategic Planning and Management (PPM 300):
     October 24, 2011 to November 28, 2011
  • Citizen Surveys and Reporting (PPM 400):
     December 12, 2011 to January 13, 2012
  • Governmental Transparency and E-Governance (PPM 500):
     January 30, 2012 to March 2, 2012

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