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ERIC Number: ED400102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Strategy Map for Results-Based Budgeting: Moving from Theory to Practice.
Public financing for education and an array of other children's services has become a topic of significant interest and political concern. Elected officials and policymakers have sought to respond to public concern and dissatisfaction through a more explicit focus on results. To assist in this work of achieving and measuring important outcomes for children and their families, the Finance Project created a Working Group on Results-based Planning, Budgeting, Management, and Accountability Systems. This paper is a result of the Working Group's efforts to design a strategic plan for those engaged in results-based budgeting. The first part of the paper provides definitions for some of the essential concepts needed for discussing results-based decision-making and budgeting. The themes covered include definitions for outcomes, indicators, and performance measures as well as a framework for choosing them. The second part suggests a strategy map, describing each element of the results-based budgeting strategy and proposing ideas about how to put these elements in place. In addition, the strategic map suggests how to build political and community support, how to reallocate resources and tie them to results, how to integrate results-based budgeting into the existing budget process, and how to avoid common pitfalls. The third part discusses lessons from state, local, and private initiatives to define, measure, and achieve results, and summarizes what has been learned so far. The concluding part stresses the importance for changes in the public budgeting system and highlights the role of results-based budgeting. (AA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.