Submitted by JKamensky on Fri, 08/23/2019 - 11:56
Missing Expectations. Governing reports: “”Public pension plans are missing their investment earnings expectations for the first time in three years, a development that could strain future state and local budgets amid rising concerns that the national economy is slowing.”
Submitted by JKamensky on Thu, 08/22/2019 - 10:45
But that’s exactly what behavioral researchers found when trying to find ways to increase enrollment in a Philadelphia city program to provide low income senior citizens a discount on their water bills.
Submitted by JKamensky on Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:36
Submitted by JKamensky on Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:01
Submitted by JKamensky on Thu, 08/08/2019 - 15:31
While their use in some agencies is in its infancy, other agencies have been using behavioral science approaches for years but only recently have their use been noticed more publicly. A good example is a five-year project in the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) to reduce injuries and improve the health of workers in the mining industry.
Submitted by JKamensky on Fri, 08/02/2019 - 07:51
Submitted by JKamensky on Mon, 07/29/2019 - 08:03
A decade ago, IBM Center author Shelley Metzenbaum laid out a set of guiding principles for improving federal performance management that include the importance of communicate trends and targets, not just target attainment and ratings, and the need to encourage performance improvement with increased diagnostic analysis, data-driven discussion, and knowledge sharing.
Submitted by JKamensky on Tue, 07/23/2019 - 15:59
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently analyzed its antipsychotic drug prescription data for elderly patients and found some doctors were over prescribing these potent and costly drugs. It sent letters to high volume prescribers, telling them that their prescriptions were extremely high in comparison to other doctors in their state. Without taking any other action, CMS found that merely sending the comparison letters reduced prescriptions by 11 percent – thereby saving money and increasing patient safety.
Submitted by JKamensky on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 14:20
Shortly before the massive downpour in the DC area a few days ago, my smartphone and iPad were pinging me with severe weather alert warnings. Were these just false alarms or should I really pay attention? I paid attention and – fortunately – sat tight and didn’t go out into the maelstrom. But why did I decide to pay attention? What made the difference?
Submitted by JKamensky on Fri, 07/12/2019 - 07:44
The Clock Starts. NextGov reports: “As agencies push to meet multiple mandates to better use all the data they collect, the Office of Management and Budget offered some assistance Thursday with the release of guidance on implementing the first phase of the Evidence Act. . . .