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Provides results from a survey of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin residents. Includes views on the impact of money in state politics and the choice of available candidates, and support for education, healthcare, and jobs reform.
Results for Development Institute;
Given the reality of increasingly limited development resources from external funders, being able to weigh the full costs of open government initiatives is critical to ensuring that governments are allocating and using resources in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Priceless? A New Framework for Estimating the Cost of Open Government Reforms presents and tests a methodology for doing just that. This report highlights work led by Results for Development and supported by the World Bank between August 2016 and June 2017 that has sought to overcome a major gap in understanding the value of open government programs globally.
National Council of Nonprofits;
This report reviews the creation, recommendations, and implementation activities of joint government nonprofit contracting reform task forces in nine states to identify trends and insights that can be applied elsewhere. It is the latest publication in an ongoing series from the National Council of Nonprofits that identifies solutions to a national crisis: broken and antiquated contracting processes that waste limited resources and frustrate the ability of governments and charitable nonprofits to achieve their missions. This report provides proven ways for governments and nonprofits to collaborate to save money for taxpayers and donors while maintaining or even improving client-based outcomes and enhancing accountability.
Center for American Progress;
Examines why the DCAA's audits of government contractors sometimes fail. Proposes reforms to strengthen oversight, including giving auditors authority to subpoena contractor records and shifting from limited to risk-based audits and random checks.
Committee for Economic Development;
Alain C. Enthoven's paper, To Reform Medicare, Reform Incentives And Organization, explains how the principles of cost-responsible consumer choice among competing health-insurance plans, sometimes called "managed competition," can both improve quality and reduce cost in the federal government's Medicare program.
Public Policy Forum;
Milwaukee County government faces immediate and substantial fiscal and programmatic challenges. The county's structural deficit -- defined as the gap between expenditure needs and anticipated revenues -- is projected to grow from $48 million in 2011 to more than $106 million by 2014, despite several successive years of significant expenditure and staff reductions and anticipation of significant wage and benefit concessions in 2010. This projection is the clearest indication yet that the county's finances are crumbling and that valued services in areas like parks, transit, mental health and public safety face severe degradation without prompt and concerted action. This action could take any of several forms, including the complete elimination of Milwaukee County government. This report, commissioned by the Greater Milwaukee Committee, provides detailed analysis and perspective on the complex issues surrounding that option, as well as other potential structural changes.
This study examines the extent to which The Atlantic Philanthropies' approach of working with government to influence policy and practice, with a particular focus on public service reform, can be considered innovative and successful. The study focuses on the period from 2003 to 2014.
Pew Research Center;
Government reformers and advocates believe that two contemporary phenomena hold the potential to change how people engage with governments at all levels. The first is data. There is more of it than ever before and there are more effective tools for sharing it. This creates new service-delivery possibilities for government through use of data that government agencies themselves collect and generate. The second is public desire to make government more responsive, transparent and effective in serving citizens -- an impulse driven by tight budgets and declining citizens' trust in government.The upshot has been the appearance of a variety of "open data" and "open government" initiatives throughout the United States that try to use data as a lever to improve government performance and encourage warmer citizens' attitudes toward government.This report is based on the first national survey that seeks to benchmark public sentiment about the government initiatives that use data to cultivate the public square. The survey, conducted by Pew Research Center in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, captures public views at the emergent moment when new technology tools and techniques are being used to disseminate and capitalize on government data and specifically looks at:People's level of awareness of government efforts to share dataWhether these efforts translate into people using data to track government performanceIf people think government data initiatives have made, or have the potential to make, government perform better or improve accountabilityThe more routine kinds of government-citizen online interactions, such as renewing licenses or searching for the hours of public facilities.
Midwest Democracy Network;
Presents findings from a survey in five Midwestern states of the level of trust in state government, issues of concern, attitudes toward corruption, hope in reform efforts, and proposals for better government. Compares data to 2006 survey results.
Compares the projected effects of the House and Senate healthcare reform bills on coverage and spending for the federal, state, and local governments; private employers, consumers; and providers through 2029, including penalties and new taxes.
This issue brief provides critical insights into how education grantmakers (and foundations in general) may be able to work more effectively with state and local education leaders. Based on interviews with participants at a national gathering convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers in January 2011, it offers a nuanced assessment of this type of convening, including the challenges that face grantmakers and education leaders in their work to coordinate future efforts effectively.