Improvement

 

Improvement

A Learning-Based Approach to Leading Change

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
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This report examines the experiences of five federal agencies which are currently running focused initiatives to apply the tools, principles and perspectives of organizational learning. As a program assessment, this study addresses the successes and failures of organizational learning based on these five case studies, and presents these findings to the community at-large. Human Capital Management

Government Reorganization: Strategies and Tools to Get It Done

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
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This report provides various approaches to how government can undertake reorganization initiatives. It identifies four historical driving forces for reorganizations: to make government work better, to save money, to enhance power, and to address pressing problems. The report then examines four principal reorganization strategies that policy makers have used in the past: commissions, presidential reorganization authority, executive-branch reorganization staff, and congressional initiatives.

Performance Leadership: 11 Better Practices That Can Ratchet Up Performance

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
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In the report, Professor Behn moves away from the conventional tenet of public administration to "make the managers manage." Instead, he offers an approach that encompasses eleven "better practices" that he has observed in use by successful public managers over the years. This approach focuses not on individual attributes and virtues, but rather on activities or practices which can spur improvements in program performance. 

From E-Government to M-Government? Emerging Practices in the Use of Mobile Technology by State Governments

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
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Adding to our expanding knowledge base and understanding of e-government, this report focuses on the potential of m-government (the use of mobile technology) to improve and enhance government services. The report broadly defines m-government as government's efforts to provide information and services to public employees, citizens, businesses, and nonprofit organizations through wireless communication networks and mobile devices such as pagers, PDAs, cellular phones, and their support systems.

Working to Transform Your Organization

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
A part of the larger report, "Becoming an Effective Political Executive: 7 Lessons from Experienced Appointees," this essay, "Working to Transform Your Organization," describes how political appointees can successfully transform organizations. Four organizations were chosen as case studies and eight common lessons emerged about how leaders successfully undertake large-scale transformation initiatives.

Measuring the Performance in E-Government

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
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This project proposes to find and track current government use of performance measures for monitoring e-government performance at the local, state and federal levels. This information can then be used by other jurisdictions to aid in their own performance measurement efforts-- to the benefit of all e-government activities. minnesota, mississippi, texas, virginia Technology and E-Government

Implementing Alternative Sourcing Strategies: Four Case Studies

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
Four case studies highlight how organizations have implemented outsourcing, competitive sourcing, and public-private partnerships to achieve savings and better performance. First is NASA's initiative to outsource its computer desktop maintenance to the private sector. The second illustrates the use of competitive sourcing by the IRS as part of its effort to modernize. The third, Offutt Air Force Base's decision to compete more than 1,500 positions, is an example of the military’s efforts to shift more active duty personnel from support to combat-oriented positions.

The Promise of E-Learning In Africa: The Potential for Public-Private Partnerships

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
This project examines the contribution that e-learning and public-private partnerships have made and can make in Africa. A quantum leap in education is required in order for Africa to attain the target of universal primary education by 2015, meet the burgeoning demands for access to secondary education and deliver the appropriate education and training for post-secondary student to enter the knowledge-economy. Technology and E-Government

Government Management of Information Mega-Technology: Lessons from the Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Systems Modernization

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
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This report provides a history of computer modernization efforts by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), beginning with the initial Tax Systems Modernization project and ending with the current initiative. The study reviews the many hurdles faced by the IRS, highlighting those obstacles related to legislative constraints, bureaucratic entanglements, political complexities, civil service restrictions, and contracting and procurement requirements. Innovation

Human Capital 2002

Monday, January 1st, 2001 - 13:00
This book provides eight studies on the "state" of human capital in government today. Carol Chetkovich discusses the challenge of recruiting the best and the brightest to government. Hal G. Rainey describes how four federal agencies are using special authorities to "win the war for talent." Ray Blunt presents two studies on how government can better develop its future leaders. Michael D. Serlin describes the need for increased mobility among federal executives and presents case studies of six leaders who exemplified mobility throughout their careers.