The Patrick Administration created the Commonwealth Performance, Accountability, and Transparency (CPAT) office within the Executive Office for Administration and Finance in 2012. The CPAT office directs the Patrick Administration’s comprehensive strategic planning and performance management efforts and has worked in collaboration with the Treasurer and Receiver General and the Comptroller to develop the Open Checkbook website to deliver on the Commonwealth’s commitment to open and transparent government.
Several projects funded by the CIC program support the development of similar initiatives at the municipal level to embed performance management best practices and utilize new technologies to improve accountability and increase transparency. This website highlights five such projects.
Managed by the Collins Center at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, this program provides direct assistance to municipalities in the Commonwealth interested in establishing new programs or refining existing ones. The original program, funded through the CIC program, launched in August, 2012 and included 20 municipalities. To staff the work of the program, the Collins Center hired and trained five analysts, each of whom supported four municipalities.
Managed by the Collins Center at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, StatNet is a network of municipal officials who use CitiStat, a performance management approach.
The expanded App allows residents to report quality of life problems, such as graffiti and potholes, directly to the appropriate local government for resolution.
Led by the City of Woburn, a group of five municipalities received funding to develop a municipal version of the Commonwealth’s Open Checkbook program to provide increased transparency.
Led by the City of Somerville, a coalition of school districts worked with the Collins Center at UMass Boston to develop an education version of the municipal StatNet program.