OutcomeStat Project Wins Baltimore City the GFOA Award for Excellence

Baltimore City recently won the Award for Excellence in Management and Service Delivery for its OutcomeStat project by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

According to a 4-traders.com article,

GFOA’s most prestigious awards recognize contributions to the practice of government finance that exemplify outstanding financial management. The awards stress practical, documented work that offers leadership to the profession and promotes improved public finance.

This year’s winning entries of the Awards for Excellence encompass such work in areas of e-government and technology, and pensions and benefits. The awards were presented at the GFOA’s Annual Conference in Toronto, May 24, 2016.

The City of Baltimore recently developed OutcomeStat to align the city’s outcome budgeting and CitiStat performance data tracking system processes, while adding a strategic planning component that engages more external city partners. The four primary goals of OutcomeStat include: creating a strategic plan structured around priority outcomes and measurable indicators; better aligning existing performance management system to ensure consistency; engaging community stakeholders and outside partners in an ongoing, collaborative effort; and identifying 5-year targets for each indicator, with action plans for achieving those targets. OutcomeStat uses an intuitive structure and overall low level of complexity to integrate the previously separate budgeting and CitiStat data and performance indicators on a broad and ongoing basis, providing better overall transparency.

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