For Immediate Release - June 26, 2014

Governor Patrick Discusses Increased Transparency and Efficiency at Conference on Performance Management

BOSTON - Governor Deval Patrick today addressed state and local leaders, discussing the progress made on key Administration priorities and the importance of building a results-oriented government at the third annual Conference on Performance Management in State Government hosted by the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

“I am proud of the work we have done together to build a more results-oriented, data-driven and publicly accountable state government,” said Governor Patrick. “Our citizens deserve a government that is clear about the results it seeks to achieve and transparent about how well it has performed.”

In 2013, Governor Patrick launched the MassResults initiative ( to make state government more effective, accountable and open. Since the Initiative was launched, the Patrick Administration has published Secretariat strategic plans and performance reports that set out specific goals and include data on more than 300 performance measures covering all major areas of state government. 

Governor Patrick also issued the Commonwealth’s first performance-based program-budget, directly linking performance information to budgetary programs.

 “Our focus on delivering measurable results is making a real difference across the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor. “We are making strategic planning, and measurement of outcomes and transparency about our progress a regular practice across state government.” 

The conference, MassResults: Effective, Accountable and Open State Government, brings together state and local government officials to discuss the progress made to date in the areas of jobs, education, health care, youth development and violence reduction, carbon emission reduction and infrastructure improvements. The conference highlights progress across a number of critical priority areas such as:

  • Health care: 97 percent of all people in the Commonwealth have health care insurance and virtually all children are covered;
  • Job creation: since 2007, MA has created 114,700 jobs and is at the highest level of employment in 25 years and ranks 4th in the nation in job creation during the past eight years; and
  • Combatting global warming: greenhouse gas emissions are down by 16 percent from their 1990 levels, positioning the state to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.

The conference also shared examples of data and evidence used to track progress in these areas. Best practices in performance management are also highlighted, showing how strategic goals and performance data could be linked to personnel evaluation and budget development.

The MassResults initiative is led by the Office of Commonwealth Performance, Accountability and Transparency (CPAT), which is based in the Executive Office of Administration and Finance. CPAT leads the performance management program in compliance with Governor Patrick’s Executive Order No. 540, which established the policy framework for strategic planning and performance management across the executive branch.

“Through Governor Patrick’s vision and steady leadership, Massachusetts has created a top-notch model on performance management and transparency for other states to learn from and to emulate,” said Ira A. Jackson, Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston.

At the conference the Patrick Administration also recognized eight Commonwealth employees who received the first ever Governor’s Award for Performance Management Excellence.  Recipients of the award were recognized for their contributions to making state government more results-oriented, data-driven and publicly accountable.  A full list of recipients will be available at

Other participants and speakers included:

  • Glen Shor, Secretary, Administration & Finance
  • Greg Bialecki, Secretary, Housing and Economic Development
  • Andrea Cabral, Secretary, Public Safety and Security
  • Rachel Kaprielian, Secretary, Labor and Workforce Development
  • Matthew Malone, Secretary, Education
  • John Polanowicz, Secretary, Health and Human Services
  • Maeve Vallely Bartlett, Secretary, Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Richard Davey, Secretary and CEO, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Ira Jackson, Dean, McCormack Graduate School
  • Shelley Metzenbaum, President and CEO, The Volcker Alliance