ERIC Number: ED432372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to Selecting Results and Indicators: Implementing Results-Based Budgeting.
Melaville, Atelia I.
Many efforts to implement a results-based framework for public programs have been marred by confusion about terms and basic definitions, and difficulty in identifying appropriate results and performance measures. This guide is intended to help planners identifying program results and indicators and tie them to an established planning, budgeting, and management system in funding for public education and other children's projects. The guide presents key characteristics of an effective results and indicators list, important steps in developing this list, and potential problems that a jurisdiction may face in establishing results and indicators and collecting data to measure them. Part One of the guide discusses the movement toward results-based accountability and presents the rationale for connecting results to budgets. Major shortcomings of current budget systems are outlined as well as the task of selecting results and indicators in the context of an overall strategic shift to a results-based system. Part Two defines basic terms and creates a common vocabulary. This part describes a results and indicators list not only as a product, but as a process that creates a framework for fundamental change in the way that jurisdictions allocate resources. This section concludes with key characteristics of an effective results and indicators list that are used to inform discussion in the rest of the guide. Part Three raises nine key implementation questions that jurisdictions need to ask in order to build a politically credible, sustainable, and dynamic process. The section draws on the experiences of several states, counties, and cities to illustrate problems, choices, and solutions. The guide's brief concluding section offers a summary of main points. Contains 19 references. (LBT)
Descriptors: Accountability, Budgeting, Data Interpretation, Educational Finance, Evaluation Criteria, Financial Support, Planning, Public Education, Strategic Planning
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.