For the past two months, the Center for the Business of Government has each week written about trends in six different areas that are driving government to approach mission and business challenges differently. Today, we conclude the series with a look at newly funded studies from the Center, as well as some examples of agencies who are leading the way forward.
Governments today face serious, seemingly intractable public management issues that go to the core of effective governance and leadership. Government leaders are presented with difficult choices, but also unprecedented opportunities. The right kind of leadership approach and style can drive change in government.
Government agencies regularly report “incident” data, such as the number of burglaries, house fires, cases of food poisoning, bankruptcies, workplace injuries, and more. While these data can be used externally for accountability, they can also be used internally to predict and prevent these kinds of incidents.
Though mobile technology may help increase the standard of living in poor, rural, and remote communities, it also holds the promise of other benefits, like better health, and closer ties to the central government.
Can federal performance management schemes influence efforts at the local level? Typically, performance management works best in systems where agencies engage in direct service delivery, where leaders have more control over what is going on. But in complex intergovernmental programs, can effective performance management systems be developed and work?