News from PPMRN - June 2011

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Public Performance Measurement Online Certificate Program

The next cohort in the Public Performance Measurement certificate is now open for registration. The first course in the cohort - Public Performance Measurement (PPM 100) - will begin on July 18, 2011 and end on August 19, 2011. To view the certificate schedule for all of cohort 11B please click here. To register, click here


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PPMRN 4th Annual Conference

The Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network
will hold its 4th Annual Conference on September 23-24, 2011
at Rutgers-Newark, New Jersey.


This year's theme is:

"Performance Measurement: Training, Teaching, and Action."


We invite proposals for papers, workshop presentations, and case studies from practitioners, researchers, and students that address issues of performance measurement in the public and nonprofit sectors.


The conference's theme highlights the importance of training and teaching of performance measurement applications in government and nonprofit organizations, as well as in academe. This year's conference brings together leading and emerging practitioners and researchers, showcasing best practices and effective performance measurement models. 


We are soliciting abstracts for papers, panel discussions, and workshop presentations on the following topics:

  • Bringing Experiential Learning to Teaching Performance Management
  • The Art and Science of Performance Management: Performance Measurement Models and Effective Leadership
  • The Objectivity of Performance Measurement
  • Teaching Performance Measurement Theory and Its Application for Good Government
  • Online Learning: Opportunities and Limitations
  • Performance Measurement Reporting Models: One Size Does Not Fit All
  • Performance Management
  • Tools and Techniques for Performance Measurement
  • Legal Structure of Performance Measurement

Interpretations of the topics are acceptable, as well as other proposals that address the conference theme. The abstract should be no longer than 500 words in length. Please include your name, organization, and proposal 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 27, 2011.

Proposal acceptance notifications will be sent out by July 25, 2011.

Upcoming Events

June 23-24, 2011

Social Media Conference  

Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc.
Beverly Hills, CA 


July 12-15, 2011

Social Media for Government Conference

Advanced Learning Institute
The Melrose Hotel

Washington, D.C.


July 14-15, 2011

2010 Oregon Public Performance Measurement Association (OPPMA) Conference - Choosing, Measuring, and Using Performance Information (pdf)

Willamette University's Center
for Government and
Public Policy Research

Salem, OR


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


September 12-15, 2011

Meeting the New Government Performance & Results Act: How to Enhance Transparency, Set Priorities, Monitor Progress and Drive Results (pdf)

Advanced Learning Institute

Washington, D.C.


September 23-24, 2011

4th Annual Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Conference

Rutgers University

Newark, NJ 

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 Performance Measurement and Reporting In The News

Making Federal Websites More User Friendly

Federal News Radio

By: John Gilroy

May 24, 2011

Summary: John Gilroy is joined by Dick Stapleton and Mark Pietrasanta to talk about the federal and federal partner approaches to transparency. Both Stapleton and Pietrasanta worked together to improve the Health Resources Services Administration website by making it more user friendly. They started with widespread testing to see how citizens wanted to access information. One survey shows that 90% of Americans have cellular phones and prefer to obtain information regarding health issues via their phone.


Social Media Usage Becoming a Free Speech Question for Governments


By: Brian Heaton

May 17, 2011

Summary: Officials in Kent County, Delaware are discovering that keeping up with the times through social media can raise serious questions about public employees' rights to free speech. As of now the county's Levy Court - the equivalent of a county council - has a rule that bars employees from using government equipment for social media purposes at work. However, a recent proposal would extend that ban to include activities by public employees during non-work hours. The topic of social media has become a hot-button issue for many municipal governments in the last few years and many people are embracing the idea. Michele Hovet, the CIO for Arvada, Colorado highlights the benefits of social media for marketing efforts and better citizen interaction and engagement.


States Lack Data to Evaluate Transportation Spending 


By: Ryan Holeywell

May 12, 2011

Summary: A new study finds that states lag when it comes to performance measurement on their transportation investments. Last year, most states lacked the ability to measure where the combined $131 billion in transportation expenses is going. At a time when state budgets are tighter than they have been in years, leaders lack the necessary information about how best to use their resources. Moreover, leaders lack the knowledge of whether their investments are yielding positive results. This article shows that only a handful of states have made significant attempts to integrate performance measurement into their statewide planning process to inform investment decisions.


The Secret to StateStat's Success


By: Robert Kinsley

May 12, 2011

Summary: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's StateStat program is receiving much attention for its use of data in the decision-making process. There are many performance measurement programs that attempt to use data to guide senior-level decision making, but Maryland's senior officials put their data to the test in monthly face-to-face meetings that get beyond the mere numbers. Leadership involves both data and decisions; combining performance data with in-person leadership creates a very rewarding process.


Government Transparency: Privacy Please? 


By: Jessica B. Mulholland

May 3, 2011

Summary: At the fourth Annual TransparencyCamp (TCamp) held the weekend of April 30 and May 1, 2011, more than 250 tech entrepreneurs journalists, government employees and nonprofit representatives gathered near Washington, D.C. to speak about increasing government transparency online. A few years after the first TransparencyCamp, those dedicated to open government are realizing the task is harder and more complicated than originally thought. One problem addressed was how to handle personal privacy, especially confidential data which has become a big concern. Standards and best practices must work in ways that respect the privacy and confidentiality of the data, while at the same time obtaining information about which practices work best.

Public Performance Measurement Certificate Program 

We are pleased to inform you that registration for the next cohort 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 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