Goal setting and running regular, data-driven reviews are tools an agency can use to improve performance. Across the federal government, we need to understand where we are regarding current performance, and be able to regularly ask the right questions to review progress on meeting those goals. It's less about hitting a specific target and more about looking for root causes to advance continuous improvement activities.
Without goals there's really no way to examine successes or shortfalls. Goals, specifically data-driven goals, allows departments and agencies to quantify their level of performance to improve outcomes.
GovLoop and the Performance Improvement Council have joined forces to improve government performance by giving away 2 tickets to the Performance Symposium June 27 -30 in Landsdowne, VA. The free tickets will include the conference registration, meals, receptions and overnight accommodations. It's a pretty sweet deal, and all you have to do to win is tell us about performance in your department/agency by answering the question below:
How has your department/agency improving performance by setting goals and/or conducting regular data driven reviews?
Winning answers will be picked on June 13th by the Performance Improvement Council in partnership with GovLoop. Only federal government employees are eligible to win the tickets, but we encourage all members of GovLoop to share their success stories.
Here's a little more information about the event:
The Symposium will take place on June 27-30, 2011 at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, VA. The Symposium will feature keynote speakers such as Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Honorable Gene Dodaro (Comptroller General of the U.S., GAO), and Shelley Metzenbaum (OMB Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management). Tracks for the event include focus areas on performance, strategy, budget, harnessing data, evaluation and analytics, hiring, energy efficiency and specific case studies. For more information regarding the event, please go to live.isixsigma.com/dod2011. Registration is open to federal employees only. If you would like to register, please use the code Federal2011.