ERIC Number: ED432371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to Developing and Using Performance Measures in Results-Based Budgeting.
Intended as a guide for taking steps to hold children's project initiatives accountable for their performance by meeting reasonable targets while maintaining a focus on overall desired results, this report was developed to create performance accountability within a results framework. Characteristics of an effective performance measurement system are presented, along with examples of state and local performance measurement systems. Also discussed is a four-quadrant approach for developing performance measures that are useful, quantifiable, and that fit into a more broad performance measurement framework. The report stresses the crucial distinction between two types of accountability, accountability for results and that for performance: results accountability concerns conditions of well-being for children, families, and communities that cut across agencies and programs, whereas performance accountability is that part of results accountability concerned with how well agencies and programs perform. Taken together, these two levels of accountability cover the whole range of questions, from the broadest level view of community accountability for child and family well-being to the smallest increment of performance by a particular program. Along with an introduction and conclusion, the report has six sections: (1) starting points; (2) an approach to performance measurement; (3) characteristics of an effective performance measurement system; (4) using performance measures to improve performance; (5) examples of state and local performance measurement systems; and (6) lessons and issues. Contains 42 references. (LBT)
Descriptors: Accountability, Budgeting, Educational Finance, Evaluation Criteria, Financial Support, Performance Factors, Planning, Public Agencies, Public Education, Strategic Planning
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.