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Improving Government Performance Article
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Improving Government Performance

Sen. Mark Warner and experts discuss making government more efficient at a CAP event.

“What Works” Budgeting Article
The Legislative Building at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia. The Washington State Institute for Public Policy, which was created by the state legislature in 1983, provides a proven model for data-driven legislative decision-making. (AP/ Ted S. Warren)

“What Works” Budgeting

The Obama administration should adopt the “Reviewing What Works” process for evaluating program effectiveness, write Jitinder Kohli and John Griffith.

Jitinder Kohli, John Griffith

Performance Reviews That Work Report
The Federal Aviation Administration has been conducting performance reviews in  some form since the early 1990s. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko)

Performance Reviews That Work

John Griffith and Gadi Dechter examine four successful performance review programs in the federal government.

John Griffith, Gadi Dechter

The Secret to Programs that Work Report
More than 80 percent of Americans think the federal budget process should be reformed so that spending decisions are based on what works, according to a 2010 Center for American Progress survey. This demands more prominent consideration during the design phase about whether a new program is likely to work. (iStockphoto/Professor25)

The Secret to Programs that Work

Jitinder Kohli, William D. Eggers, and John Griffith lay out a system for designing and evaluating effective government programs.

Jitinder Kohli, William D. Eggers, John Griffith

A Step Forward: Government Performance Reform Passes the House Article
The House today passed a government performance bill that will now head to President Obama's desk to be signed into law. The bill was supported by Democrats and Republicans, including Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), above. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A Step Forward: Government Performance Reform Passes the House

Jitinder Kohli and John Griffith praise the House’s passage today of a bipartisan government performance bill that now makes its way to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

Jitinder Kohli, John Griffith

Making Headway Article
The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 was piloted through the Senate by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), pictured above, who  recently said that "it's time to move beyond the debate over 'big'  versus 'smaller' government to focus instead on real action we can take  now to provide a much more efficient and effective government." (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Making Headway

The House of Representatives should swiftly pass critical government performance reform, write Jitinder Kohli and John Griffith.

Jitinder Kohli, John Griffith

Still ROWE-ing in Minnesota County Human Services and Public Health Department Article
Best Buy, a Minnesota-based company, went ROWE in 2003, giving visibility to the concept. The Human Services and Public Health Department in Hennepin County, Minneapolis’ largest county, decided to go ROWE in April 2009. (AP/Reed Saxon)

Still ROWE-ing in Minnesota County Human Services and Public Health Department

A D.C. government agency’s transformation into a “results-only work environment” is still on hold pending a mayoral transition, but ROWE is going strong in a Minneapolis county government department according to the ROWE manager there.

Gadi Dechter

ROWE Transition on “Pause” Article
Jody Thompson of CultureRx walks OCTO's senior leadership through a presentation of traditional workplace rules that will be irrelevant in a "results-only work environment. (Center for American Progress/Gadi Dechter)

ROWE Transition on “Pause”

A D.C. government agency’s transformation into a “results-only work environment” suffers its first major setback when city officials halt the initiative until the incoming mayor’s transition team has a chance to review it.

Gadi Dechter

Mythical HR Rules and Real Employee Complaints Article
A leadership team in Washington, D.C.'s Office of the Chief Technology Officer discuss how to transform their 550-person department into a "results only work environment," where people will be able to work when they want, where they want—so long as they meet predefined goals. (Center for American Progress/Gadi Dechter)

Mythical HR Rules and Real Employee Complaints

A D.C. government agency’s transformation into a “results-only work environment” kicks into high gear this week after managers get anonymous feedback from employee focus groups. The third installment in a new weekly series by Gadi Dechter.

Gadi Dechter

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