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Is Foresight an Ethical Imperative?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 - 11:25
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:20
Greenleaf’s statement is pretty strong.  And most people would think that he refers to political leaders.  But his observation is pointed at leaders at all levels.  Efforts to create a strategic foresight capacity in the U.S. federal government have experienced fits and starts over the past 40 years.  But in recent years, there has been some progress at the agency level, largely at the behest of political and career leaders who appreciate the value of foresight as part of their decision making processes.

Next Steps in Moneyball Government

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 - 18:03
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 16:55
In mid-November, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an assessment of how well agencies use performance information in decision making, with a particular focus on program evaluations.  Around the same time, a study on evidence-based policymaking in the states was released by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the MacArthur Foundation; and a new book, Moneyball for Government, by Peter Orzag and Jim Nussle, was announced by the non-profit Results for America.  Finally, a bill was introduced in the House by Congressman Paul Ryan (R), with the support of Senator P

Magnifying the Voice of the Future

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 - 10:40
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 09:29
Dr. Boston, visiting the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship, sums up some of his initial research on how the U.S. and several other democratic countries address long-term policy issues, in a recent presentation at American University.

Federal Program Inventory Deemed Useless

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 - 15:24
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 14:20
Senator Coburn has long campaigned against the seeming incomprehensibility of the federal government’s many programs.  He sponsored two pieces of legislation in 2010 to address his concerns.

Why Isn't Performance Information Being Used?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 - 16:46
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 16:38
The initial premise twenty years ago was that if performance information was made readily available, it would be used by agency decision-makers.  That turned out to not be true.  Background.  A recent GAO study conclude that the “use of performance information has not changed significantly” in surveys of federal managers between 2007 and 2013.  More specifically:

What Do We Know About Inter-Organizational Networks?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 - 10:14
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:05
Government and non-profits have already been pioneering the use of collaborative networks over the past two decades to solve complex societal challenges such as clean waterways, reducing child abuse, serving the mentally ill in the community, and reducing smoking.  Much of this pioneering work has been done without a roadmap of what works and when using networks is more effective than relying on traditional hierarchies or the marketplace to achieve public goals.  The descriptive and theoretical literature to guide practitioners is growing rapidly, but without guideposts as to what

The "-Stat" Movement Turns Twenty

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 - 11:32
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 11:27
Since 2001, Dr. Behn has visited dozens of governmental organizations that are using the PerformanceStat model – some well, and some poorly.  His bold objective was to answer the research question of whether PerformanceStat really makes a difference in improving performance, and how it works.  In short, his answer is:  it depends, and it’s complicated.

Goal Leaders: An Innovation That Works

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - 16:57
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 16:52
Background.  Early in the Obama Administration, OMB announced an initiative to create a small handful of High Priority Performance Goals in each agency, as a replacement for the Bush Administration’s

Assessing Trust in Cross-Agency Networks

Friday, July 18th, 2014 - 13:45
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 13:40
Increasingly, addressing public management challenges requires the use of collaborative networks across a range of agencies and non-governmental organizations. For example, the Obama Administration has designated a series of projects as “cross agency priority goals” and put networks in place to manage them. A lot of literature and practical experience show that a key element of success in any collaborative effort is the ability to create and sustain trust among stakeholders.

New: Progress Reports on Agency Priority Goals

Monday, July 7th, 2014 - 9:56
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 09:53
The Obama Administration in 2009 directed agencies to identify a small handful of priorities that they would commit to achieving in a two-year timeframe.  This initiative was embedded into the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010.  Agencies are required to identify priority goals and report on their progress quarterly.  In late June, agency progress reports were posted on the governmentwide performance.gov website.