Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, December 5, 2014

Moynihan speaks at OECD conference

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Professor Donald Moynihan shared research on the U.S. performance management experience with more than 100 senior budget officials from dozens of countries.

Moynihan spoke November 24 in Paris at the 10th annual meeting of the Organisation of Co-operation and Economic Development's annual Senior Budget Officials Performance and Results Network.

"These are the people in finance ministries, budget offices and treasuries across the world who think about how their governments should make use of performance data to create better budgets and outcomes," Moynihan says."They exchange ideas and insights about what is working or not from their experience, and occasionally bring in academics to offer a research perspective."

Officials from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Government Accountability Office presented information on the U.S approach to performance management. Moynihan presented his research on the implementation of 2010 Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act. He also had dinner with La Follette School professor Tim Smeeding, who is on sabbatical in Paris this academic year conducting research at the OECD.

"I presented a few years ago to the same audience about the limited success of US performance management efforts," Moynihan says.

"Now the evidence is more promising," notes Moynihan, whose 2014 talk drew on a La Follette School working paper, "Performance Management Routines that Work? An Early Assessment of the GPRA Modernization Act." "Routines the Modernization Act put in place are associated with higher managerial use of performance data. At the same time, in some policy areas, performance systems have resulted in data manipulation and perverse behavior."