Using Data: From Hammer to Flashlight

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 - 10:13
The “use of data” step is complicated by two elements:  Who would use it?, and For what purpose?

Weekly Roundup March 18, 2016

Friday, March 18th, 2016 - 2:10
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 01:44
Michael J. Keegan 'The best leaders allow themselves to be persuaded'. Steve Kelman notes that a critical leadership trait is far harder than it sounds. Healthcare entering next wave of cyberthreats. While there's evidence that organizations are better controlling data loss, today's attackers are becoming much more targeted and sophisticated

Patrick Lester

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 - 12:59
Patrick Lester is the director of the Social Innovation Research Center (SIRC). The Social Innovation Research Center (SIRC) is a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization devoted to increasing the impact of nonprofits and public agencies in the field of human services. The center's work falls into three main categories: (1) reports and case studies on highly effective nonprofits and public agencies; (2) public policy analysis; and (3) coverage of major social innovation-related news based on interviews with leading experts, government officials, and front-line practitioners.

Announcing the IBM Center’s Visiting Fellow—Patrick Lester

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 - 12:36
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 11:00
Over the past decade, the federal government has systematically increased the use of evidence-based, data-driven approaches in decision making, sometimes called “Moneyball for Government.”  These efforts embrace traditional fields such as program evaluation, but now include the use of open data, business analytics, and social and behavioral sciences for describing problems, predicting needs, and testing new approaches.  They also include improved policy tools for contracting, including “pay for success” initiatives such as social impact bonds and performance contracts, and tiered

Weekly Roundup: April 20 - 24, 2015

Friday, April 24th, 2015 - 8:52
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 14:14
Rating Federal Mobile-Friendly Websites. Google implemented a new policy regarding the ranking of mobile-friendly websites on its search engine.  NextGov tested Google’s ranking criteria on 28 large federal agency websites and found that about half met the criteria and half didn’t.  Where is your agency on the list?

Is Moneyball Government the Next Big Thing?

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - 12:02
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In early December 2013, I attended a sold-out conference on performance measurement. It wasn’t the typical government crowd. The conference was filled with attendees from nonprofits and foundations, all dedicated to figuring out what works and putting their money toward programs with the most promise. In a ballroom abuzz with enthusiasm, I was particularly impressed with the sophisticated conversations on advancing evidence-based program decisions.

Trend 1: Performance

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 - 13:51
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 12:07
But it has been a long road.  In 2011, two European academics conducted a meta-analysis of 519 studies on performance-oriented management reforms undertaken across Europe in the previous two decades to determine if they resulted in improved processes, outputs, or outcomes.  They concluded the answer was “yes,” but not a resounding “yes.”  Their analyses showed 68 percent of the studies found improvements in administrative processes and activities, 44 percent in programmatic

State, Local, and International Evidence-Based Government Initiatives

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 - 15:58
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 15:53
While the federal government is undertaking a number of evidence-based program initiatives, the “moneyball government” movement is broader, encompassing initiatives at the state, local, and even international levels.   Examples of State-Level Efforts

Four Evidence-Based Initiatives in the Federal Government

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 - 15:08
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 14:58
Within OMB, there is an active effort to catalyze agencies to develop and undertake a series of evidence and evaluation initiatives in ways that they can learn from each other and so they can quickly leverage promising practices.
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