Transforming Performance Measurement for the 21st Century (Research Report)
While substantial progress has been made in spreading performance measurement across the country and world, much of the information from performance measurement systems has been shallow. Modern technology and the considerable demand for information on progress in achieving the outcomes of public programs and policies are creating major opportunities for considerably improving the usefulness of performance information. This report provides a number of recommendations to help public and private service organizations take advantage of these opportunities, particularly for:(a) selecting appropriate performance indicators and data collection procedures; (b) analyzing and reporting the information; and (c) using the information to improve services.
Contracts and Grants between Human Service Nonprofits and Government: Comparative Analysis (Research Report)
Government's reliance on human service nonprofits to provide services has been increasing, expanding the ability of nonprofits to achieve their missions and the ability of government to serve its constituents. This brief summarizes results from human service nonprofits in the second national study of government contracts and grants. We compare results of human service organizations in the 2013 national survey of nonprofits to the results of the survey conducted in 2010. We examine how human service organizations have managed since the recession ended and how their relationships with governments have changed.
Literature Review: Healthcare Occupational Training and Support Programs under the ACA—Background and Implications for Evaluating HPOG (Research Report)
This report reviews the literature on the policy context of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program, and the challenges and opportunities related to developing healthcare occupational training and support programs. It discusses the structure of the healthcare industry and trends in healthcare employment, implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for entry-level employment in healthcare, and resulting challenges and opportunities for training programs. The report was developed as part of the HPOG Implementation, Systems and Outcome Project, which is being led by Abt Associates in partnership with the Urban Institute.
Putting Open Data to Work for Communities (Research Report)
The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is a network of local organizations that collect, organize, and use neighborhood data to tackle issues in their communities. As the movement for government transparency has spread at the local level, more NNIP partners are participating in the call for governments to release data and are using open data to provide information for decisionmaking and community engagement. Local NNIP partners and open data advocates have complementary strengths and should work together to more effectively advance open government data that benefits all residents.
Case Study: Open Data in Chicago (Research Brief)
More and more local governments are embracing open data principles and releasing data online. The hope is that the greater transparency will engage residents, increase accountability, and spur new private uses of data. In Chicago, nongovernmental institutions have long provided data for community use and are now adapting their roles and services as new players and resources emerge. Understanding the rich local institutional and political context allows us to see the forces that shaped the impressive progress to date in open data and potential directions for the future.
Partner Perspective: NNIP and Open Data in Milwaukee (Research Brief)
The call is growing louder for governments to embrace open data principles. The hope is that greater transparency will engage residents, increase accountability and spur new private uses of data. As a National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership member, Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee has long provided data for community use. The Milwaukee Data Initiative complements the Center's technical assistance work by creating a forum for researchers, data analysts, and developers to advocate for and promote the use of open data. Milwaukee's experience shows how the introduction of open data ideas can bring new energy for community data sharing and use.
Partner Perspective: NNIP and Open Data in Pittsburgh (Research Brief)
The call is growing louder for governments to embrace open data principles. The hope is that greater transparency will engage residents, increase accountability and spur new private uses of data. As a National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership member, the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh has long provided data for community use. They now help to build a constituency for open data and encourage local governments to publish data online. Political leaders, civic developers, and philanthropists are also showing a growing interest, and the emerging cross-sector collaborations have the potential to improve open data policy and practice.
Partner Perspective: NNIP and Open Data in Oakland (Research Brief)
Opening up government data has the potential to engage residents, increase accountability and spur new uses of data. As one of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership’s founding members, Urban Strategies Council has used data as a tool to improve low-income communities for almost three decades. The Council, in partnership with the Code for America brigade OpenOakland, has demonstrated how open data principles align with the mission to empower neighborhoods. Together, they are encouraging their local governments to implement open data policies and practices by raising public awareness of the issue and demonstrating the value it could bring to the residents.