Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

AGA's Fourth Annual Performance Management Conference

News from Perspectives on Performance (

There's Still Time to Register for AGA's Fourth Annual Performance Management Conference

Join your colleagues at AGA's Fourth Annual PMC, Promoting Government Accountability through Performance Management, set for Oct. 27-28 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. If you have not made plans to attend this year's PMC, worth 14 CPE hours, you will miss:

  • Robert Attmore, CGFM, Chairman, Governmental Accounting Standards Board, Harry Hatry, Urban Institute, and Paul Posner, George Mason University on "We've Come a Long Way, Baby--Forty Years of Performance Management and Reporting"
  • Robert Shea, Associate Director for Administration and Government Performance, U.S. Office of Management and Budget Ron Sims, County Executive, King County, Washington
  • Brian Sonntag, State Auditor, State of Washington

This year's conference includes the traditional state and local track of concurrent sessions, and the technical committee has added a federal track of sessions.

Current Sessions:

  • Lessons Learned for the Next Administration
  • Activity-Based Costing and Performance Management
  • Basic Ingredients for a Successful Performance Management System
  • Transforming the Budgeting Process to Deliver Citizen Value
  • Performance Management in Reporting Technology
  • Employee Engagement in Improving Organization Performance
  • So You Want to Get Started--Practical Steps from Preparers
  • Citizen-Centric Reporting--You Can Do It!
  • What's New with Performance Reporting Programs?
  • What Are Community Indicators and Are They Necessary?
  • Integrating Financial and Performance Information

Early registration through Sept. 29, 2008 is $395 for AGA members and $450 for nonmembers. Visit our website for more information.

Lodging--Rooms at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 515 Madison St., are available at the government rate of $152 plus tax if you register by Oct. 3. Call 800.546.9184 and mention the "AGA PMC" to receive the government rate.

Two Sponsorship Opportunities Available--Interested in participating as a sponsor at the PMC? Contact Evie Barry.

Training Session Offered After Performance Management Conference

If you are attending the PMC in Seattle in October, you might be interested in participating in a training session on Wednesday, Oct. 29: A New Service Model: Auditor Roles in Government Performance Measurement. Richard Tracy, former Director of Audit Services, Portland, OR, will lead the training on using an organized framework to determine which specific practices provide the best opportunities for adding new value. The training, worth 4 CPE hours, is designed to show how government auditors can increase their value by taking on new roles and practices aimed at improving performance measurement and management. Cost is $50. Seating is limited. Contact Evie Barry for more information.


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