Exploratory Study of City Elected Officials' Attitudes Toward Performance Measurement

Services: Analytical studies, Survey design

Research Area: Tax & Finance

This 2004 project, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, expanded upon an earlier study by Iowa State University researchers and examined whether elected officials in eleven Midwestern states were aware of the concept of performance measurement in city governments, how they learn about the tool if they are familiar with it, the extent to which they are supportive of using it in budgeting and decision-making, and how they perceive citizen engagement in the development and usage of performance measurement.

Dr. Alfred Ho and his research assistant conducted a mail survey of city council members, as well as a series of phone interviews. The results of the study were used to develop educational materials for elected and non-elected officials about performance measurement, and to disseminate the concept of “citizen-initiated performance assessment”—a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in Iowa—in the Midwest region and to the rest of the nation. The results may also contribute to the monumental effort by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board to establish criteria for performance reporting in government.

Alfred Tat-Kei Ho
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