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Beth Blauer

Executive Director, Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University

Beth Blauer is one of the nation’s leading experts on government performance programs. In March 2015, she was tapped to lead the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University. As GovEx’s first Executive Director, Blauer and her team help governments make decisions and create policies rooted in evidence, transparent accountability, and citizen engagement.

GovEx was created in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies to support its What Works Cities initiative . Over the next three years, Blauer and the GovEx team will partner with What Works Cities to implement and enhance sustainable performance management and open data programs in 100 mid-sized American cities.

Prior to joining GovEx, Blauer led the development software tools at Socrata Inc., which help governments across the globe make connections between their data and performance. Blauer previously served as the Director of Maryland’s award winning StateStat initiative. During her tenure, StateStat was credited with important reforms that cut across all agencies and brought positive results to the State’s most critical issues, including Chesapeake Bay restoration, crime reduction, improved social service delivery, and better educational outcomes for children. 

Courses Taught

The Performance Imperative Spring 2017 On-Campus
Course Section: 001
Day(s): Friday, Saturday
Time: Fri 9:30am-1:00pm; Sat 2:00pm-5:30pm
Hybrid Course: Yes, this class meets On-Campus and Online.
Hybrid Days and Time:

On-campus meetings for Spring 2017 will be on Fridays from 9:30am-1pm on Jan. 13, Feb 17, Mar 17, and Apr 21 and on Saturdays from 2-5:30pm on Jan 14, Feb 18, Mar 18, and Apr 22 The class will meet online weekly on TBD.

Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

Online Course Fee: $150 (in addition to course tuition and fees)

The course will explore the critical role of performance measurement in improving management, particularly for public sector entities. This will include the examination of fundamental principles of performance measurement, the identification and application of different performance measurement techniques and strategies, and the evaluation of best practices within the field.  Topics to be covered will include the evolution and adaptation of "Stat-ing" (e.g., CompStat, CitiStat, StateStat), the relationship between performance measurement and financial management, and how performance measurement can be used to inform different analytic techniques. 

As the founding directors of CitiStat and StateStat, respectively, Matt and Beth are self-described practitioner of performance measurement that have developed, implemented, and adapted performance measurements systems that revolutionized the management of local and state governments and been replicated around the world.

On-campus meetings for Spring 2017 will be on Fridays from 9:30am-1pm on Jan. 13, Feb 17, Mar 17, and Apr 21 and on Saturdays from 2-5:30pm on Jan 14, Feb 18, Mar 18, and Apr 22 The class will meet online weekly on Mondays.

The Performance Imperative Spring 2017 Online
Course Section: 001
Day(s): Monday
Time: TBD
Hybrid Course: Yes, this class meets On-Campus and Online.
Hybrid Days and Time:

On-campus meetings for Spring 2017 will be on Fridays from 9:30am-1pm on Jan. 13, Feb 17, Mar 17, and Apr 21 and on Saturdays from 2-5:30pm on Jan 14, Feb 18, Mar 18, and Apr 22 The class will meet online weekly on TBD.

Course Location: Online
Course Description:

Online Course Fee: $150 (in addition to course tuition and fees)

The course will explore the critical role of performance measurement in improving management, particularly for public sector entities. This will include the examination of fundamental principles of performance measurement, the identification and application of different performance measurement techniques and strategies, and the evaluation of best practices within the field.  Topics to be covered will include the evolution and adaptation of "Stat-ing" (e.g., CompStat, CitiStat, StateStat), the relationship between performance measurement and financial management, and how performance measurement can be used to inform different analytic techniques. 
 
As the founding directors of CitiStat and StateStat, respectively, Matt and Beth are self-described practitioner of performance measurement that have developed, implemented, and adapted performance measurements systems that revolutionized the management of local and state governments and been replicated around the world.
 

On-campus meetings for Spring 2017 will be on Fridays from 9:30am-1pm on Jan. 13, Feb 17, Mar 17, and Apr 21 and on Saturdays from 2-5:30pm on Jan 14, Feb 18, Mar 18, and Apr 22.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu