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Imagine a government that provides better service with fewer resources—where improvements aren’t just debated, but actually happen. A government that invests and saves responsibly by learning from other states’ successes—and failures. That responds to the public’s needs based on honest conversation about tough decisions and difficult trade-offs.
The Government Performance Project (GPP), a project of the Pew Center on the States, conducts extensive research and analysis to understand how states can better serve the public, and we work with states to help strengthen state policy and management.
GPP’s signature product is a 50-state report card which provides cross-state comparative information and detailed analyses of how individual states manage their money, people, infrastructure and information.
In addition, the GPP helps state policy makers navigate these challenges by sharing what works, learning from what doesn’t and helping states adapt ideas to their unique needs. Last year, GPP created the Management Lab to actively foster management reform and implement the Pew recommendations. The Management Lab provides states with a range of support including access to best practices, direct assistance and seminars to bring state officials together to share effective approaches and lessons learned.
Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, view the materials below and visit the Government Performance Project in the Pew Center on the States' archive.
May 12, 2010 - Procurement reform: states can save hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars by rethinking how they leverage their buying power.
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Aug 26, 2009 - In this report, we examine the data we collected as part of Grading the States 2008, the Pew Center on the States’ management report card.
Feb 11, 2009 - The United States is facing the gravest financial crisis in at least a generation. And while all levels of government are affected, the fiscal pain is felt most acutely by states.
Oct 01, 2008 - The Government Performance Project analyzes state management in key areas. Then it serves states with report cards— and follow-up support—so that they can provide their citizens the service they deserve.
May 21, 2008 - This report showcases innovative strategies to improve correctional systems’ performance, transparency and accountability.
Mar 02, 2008 - Information is king. No single idea emerges more clearly from year-long research done for the 2008 Government Performance Project. As always, this report focuses on four fundamental areas of government management: information, people, money and infrastructure.
Nov 01, 2006 - During the past decade, Trusts-supported report cards have provided staff with lessons learned along the way.
Sep 01, 2006 - The Government Performance Project enters the Pew Center on the States.
Aug 01, 2005 - Report by the Government Performance Project on the management capacity of all 50 state governments.
Feb 02, 2004 - A report from the Government Performance Project published in Governing magazine.
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