Governing Repost: The problem with evidence-based government

The drive for evidence-based policymaking has moved from the world of wonks and analysts into the mainstream. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in government who opposes the idea…

As a former government auditor, I certainly stand foursquare for the use of evidence in drawing conclusions about what works well and how to improve what doesn’t. But there is an important challenge that advocates of evidence-based policymaking need to recognize: the human factor.

Mark Funkhouser outlines some of the challenges faced by those introducing new evidence-based programming, particularly in cases where there is a “wide gap between those who design and champion programs and those who must actually implement them.”

Read more here about ways that leaders can not only ensure that everyone is on board, but is supportive of and invested in program success.

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Governing RePost: When performance measures go horribly wrong

The old saying, “what gets measured gets managed,” is true. Performance measures have a very powerful influence on people’s behaviors. And that raises the key question: How do we know if the measures we use are appropriate?

Referring to another old saw from Albert Einstein, “not everything that counts is countable, and not everything that’s countable counts,” Russ Linden explores how organizations can revisit and improve their performance measures in meaningful ways. Read more here!

 

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