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Florida Benchmarking Consortium. Lawrence Martin, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Public Affairs, University of Central Florida FBC Steering Committee Member. Organizational Overview.

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Florida Benchmarking Consortium

Lawrence Martin, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Public Affairs, University of Central FloridaFBC Steering Committee Member

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Organizational Overview

  • Purpose: Improve operational efficiency, quality and effectiveness through intergovernmental performance measurement and benchmarking

  • Established 2004

  • 44 local government members

  • Governance and support

    • Steering Committee

    • Sub-Committees

    • University of Central Florida faculty, staff and graduate students

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What is Performance Measurement?

Definition of Performance Measurement

The regular collection of specific information about the efficiency, quality and effectiveness of government programs and services.”

Source: The Urban Institute in cooperation with the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties (1980) Performance Measurement: A Guide for Local elected Officials.

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What is Performance Measurement?

The FBC utilizes the service efforts & accomplishment (SEA) reporting framework of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB):

  • Outputs – quantity of service or product produced

  • Quality – of the service or product produced

  • Outcome – the results, accomplishments, impacts

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What is Benchmarking?

Definition of “Benchmarking”

  • Comparing your performance to other similar governments, programs or services.

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FBC Membership Growth

Other = utility

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Service Categories

  • FY06—Eight services:

    • Code Enforcement (CE)

    • Fire/Rescue (FR)

    • Human Resources (HR)

    • Parks and Recreation (P&R)

    • Planning/Growth Management (PG)

    • Policing (PO)

    • Road Repair (RR)

    • Stormwater/Drainage Maintenance (SD)

  • FY07—Four services added:

    • Fleet Management (FM)

    • Information Technology (IT)

    • Purchasing (PU)

    • Water/Wastewater (WW)

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FBC: Critical Success Factors

  • Participation is voluntary

    • Participation in FBC is voluntary

    • Participation in service categories is voluntary

  • Pace in measured

    • Start ed with a few key measures

    • Add new measures when local government members demonstrate interest and support

  • Membership costs are low

    • $1000 annual membership fee

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FBC: Critical Success Factors

  • Shared expertise and workload

    • Loosely Coupled Network

    • Community of Learning

  • University affiliation

    • Honest Broker

  • Local government champions

    • Bottom-up Support

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FBC: Key Achievements

  • Increases in membership every year since 2005

  • Year-to-year increase in data cycle participation

  • Partnerships with performance management software vendors

  • Two conferences per year to share best practices in local government PM

  • Launch of citizen-informed PM initiative

    • Citizens involved in measure development

    • Collaboration with UCF Institute of Government and UCF Center for Community Partnerships

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Learn More About the FBC