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Citizen Involvement and Performance Management in Special-Purpose Governments

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Heikkila, Tanya; Isett, Kimberley R.
Journal: Public Administration Review
Date: 2007
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2846
Sector: Social Organization
Subject(s): citizen participatory management
governance and politics
Abstract: "Performance management and citizen participation are being used by local governments to improve government accountability and responsiveness. In some cases, local governments are integrating these two trends. One area of local government in which this trend has not been assessed is special districts. This paper uses data from a study of nine special districts in the state of Texas to fill this void. To assess citizen participation in performance management among the districts, we interviewed district managers, analyzed minutes from governing board meetings, and conducted citizen focus groups in three regions of the state. Our findings suggest that although districts may not yet be in tune with the latest performance management trends, they are making efforts to engage citizens in other ways. We recommend ways that districts can build on these experiences and more effectively incorporate citizens in the development, analysis, and reporting of performance measures."

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