The vital few: how to identify your key performance measures

I know it’s coming, but I dread it just the same:

“So, how many performance measures do you think we should have?”

Ummm…

My left brain immediately offers this unhelpful answer: “No more than what you need to effectively manage performance.”

Although it’s technically good advice, it raises more questions than it answers.

So let’s take a different tack. Why do we measure performance?

Does your budget support your strategy? 3 things you may be missing

While many local governments have done the difficult work of establishing a long-term strategy, very few are effective at aligning their budget process with their intended outcomes. Many are missing a key ingredient for successful implementation: a way to articulate, track and report on progress toward their goals.

For most governments, resources are limited and don’t come close to providing for everything they hope to accomplish. They must make difficult decisions about how to balance those resources across competing needs.

How to build a local government performance reporting framework (with examples)

Developing the right reporting strategy to communicate organizational performance is a hot topic in local government. I talk to dozens of government agencies every month, and the number one reason they come to Envisio is because they’re struggling with reporting on performance.

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