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Posted at 9:45 a.m. on July 3, 2013
Tom Shoop explores efforts to bring a “Moneyball” mentality to government, in which policymakers and agencies are “relentlessly focused on goals, not processes, and rigorous in efforts to gather evidence about program performance.”
“Part of the problem is it’s really hard… Even if you develop the right performance measures — which can take years of trial and error — you’re faced with the issue of getting people to act on them. Every program has congressional backers, and often they’re not interested in learning about whether or not their pet project is working. If it’s delivering a benefit to a particular constituency, then mission accomplished.”