The release of Governor Patrick’s FY15 Budget Recommendation marked the completion of the second phase of the Administration’s comprehensive strategic planning and performance management initiative.  Consistent with Governor Patrick’s Executive Order 540, the major milestones announced this year include:

  • Publication of Secretariat Performance Reports – Each of the eight Secretariats of state government has published a performance report alongside the Governor’s Budget Recommendation.  This is a first for Massachusetts state government.  The reports update progress on the actions taken to achieve the goals each Secretariat identified in their strategic plans, which were published a year ago with the FY14 Budget Recommendation, and provide data and status ratings against performance measures. 
  • Presentation of a Performance-Based Program Budget – The Governor’s FY15 Budget Recommendation is presented again in a more accessible and easy-to-understand program-based format but this year includes performance measures against a majority of budgetary programs.   This is part of changing the budget conversation from its traditional focus on how much state government spends to one equally concerned with the results of that investment.  The online program budget tool published in January 2013 and again in November 2013, has been updated to reflect the Governor’s FY15 Budget Recommendation.  The program budget tool now includes performance measures identified by program.  Where data is available for those measures, it has also been included in the online tool.  During the year, further and more current data will be added to the tool and more measures developed.
  • Expanded support for municipal performance management – This Budget provides $3.75 million in funding for a fourth year of the Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant program, including funding for the Collins Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston to develop and expand a municipal performance management program.  Going into its third-year, the program supports results-oriented municipal management through better use of data and process improvements to achieve savings, efficiencies and increased revenues.  Currently, 28 municipalities participate, representing 17% of the state’s population.  Plans are to expand the program to 45 cities and towns.  The CIC program also funded a School StatNet program to increase data-informed decision-making in education.

During 2014, the Office of Commonwealth Performance Accountability and Transparency (CPAT) in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance will continue to work with Secretariats and state agencies to embed performance management practices in the way they operate.