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Improving public services : international experiences in using evaluation tools to measure program performance

Author: Douglas J Besharov; Karen J Baehler; Jacob Alex Klerman
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Series: International policy exchange series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The government performance movement has been in full swing for decades around the world. So, why do so many public programs and organizations continue to underperform? A major reason is that measuring the types of performance that people value most -- real outcomes for citizens -- continues to be an elusive goal. And why is performance measurement so difficult? Because performance managers have not taken full
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas J Besharov; Karen J Baehler; Jacob Alex Klerman
ISBN: 9780190646059 0190646055
OCLC Number: 979873394
Description: 1 volume ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Douglas J. Besharov, Karen Baehler, Jacob Klerman --
Part 1: Unifying Themes --
2. Modern Performance Measurement: Monitoring Program 'Outcomes' Instead of 'Impacts' --
Douglas J. Besharov, Douglas M. Call --
3. Measuring and Managing Farther along in the Logic Model --
Karen Baehler, Jacob Klerman --
4. Indicators, Assessments, and Benchmarking of the Quality and Governance of Public Human Development Services --
Ariel Fiszbein, Dena Ringold, Halsey Rogers --
5. Does Measuring Performance Lead to Better Performance? --
Mary Bryna Sanger --
Part 2: National Applications --
6. Top-Down Strategies for Service Improvement in UK Public Services --
James Downe, Steve Martin, Tony Bovaird --
7. Quality Improvement and Performance Measurement in Israeli Social Services --
Tamar Zemach-Marom --
8. Institutional Contexts and Service Delivery Reforms --
Ariel Fiszbein, Yasuhiko Matsuda --
9. Performance-Based Payments in the Turkish Health System --
Gulbiye Yenimahalleli Yasar, Pinar Guven-Uslu --
Part 3: Performance Contracting --
10. Holding Nonprofits Accountable for Accomplishments, Not Appearances --
Christina Standerfer, Joseph Schafer --
11. Welfare-to-Work Performance-Based Contracts in New York City --
Swati Desai, Lisa Garabedian, Karl Snyder --
12. The Efficiency of Contracting Out Local Public Services in the Czech Republic and Slovakia --
Beata Mikusova Merickova, Juraj Nemec, Zuzana Vozarova --
13. Workforce Development Program Performance over the US Business Cycle --
Kevin Hollenbeck, David Pavelchek --
Part 4: Conclusion --
14. Using Logic Models to Strengthen Performance Measurement --
Douglas J. Besharov, Douglas M. Call.
Series Title: International policy exchange series.
Responsibility: edited by Douglas J. Besharov, Karen J. Baehler, Jacob Alex Klerman.

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