“To make smart, proactive decisions, municipal leaders need a fiscal command center for data-creation, data analytics and data-driven decision making.”
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ELGL and CPBB are proud to partner in an innovative webinar training series, “I Want to be Your Analyst.” This series, consisting of a monthly blog and training webinar, is intended to provide case studies, introductions to unique analytic tools, and expertise into the hands of all local government leaders.
This ten part series will pair proven CPBB concepts and tools with one of our partner local government communities who are actively implementing (or have implemented) our innovative trends. This will provide key insights into how communities actually utilize these tools. RSVP
The April Training Webinar
With I Want to be Your Analyst, local government professionals will gain an introduction and key insights into the CPBB war chest of cutting-edge online tools. On April 20th at noon PST, join ELGL, CPBB and City of Shawnee, KS city manager Carol Gonzales as we explore, discuss and demonstrate how establishing a Fiscal Command Center can empower your local government to make smart, proactive, data-driven decisions. In this training webinar, we’ll specifically discuss:
- What is a Fiscal Command Center
- Creating an accurate and actionable data set
- Implementing and utilizing data analytics and data-driven decision making
- CPBB partner City of Shawnee, KS case study presented by City Manager Carol Gonzales – “The City’s Work Plan includes projects for 2015 and 2016 and ties together the City’s work with PBB as well as projects that move the City forward in meeting Results.”
Register here! fiscal-command-center.eventbrite.com
Webinar Training Prep
It goes without saying that the vast majority of local governments No. 1 priority is to establish a vibrant community by establishing and delivering great results to its citizens. This outcome is typically met by efficient resource utilization and delivering high-quality services that exceed citizen expectations.
Sounds simple, right? But how exactly do you connect available resources, costs, and outcomes associated with specific services to communicating value (results) to citizens?
Does your local government specifically know, for example, the true cost of your curbside recycling program (including all fees, rates and charges)? With what data would you work with, if you were tasked with analyzing outsourcing (or in-sourcing) vehicle maintenance? What if your organization was approached with a proposal to consolidate inspections services with another jurisdiction – what program data would you have on hand to evaluate and execute the right decision?
Assuming detailed program-by-program level cost data actually exists within your organization, where would you find it? In the budget, on a separate spreadsheet in the Budget Director’s or Mayor’s office? And again assuming this data exists, what else could you do with it?
Could you make ready comparisons to other public-sector, or private sector service providers (to evaluate the efficiency or the appropriate sourcing of your programs); could you bring departments into the process of understanding and communicating better what they do, and how much it costs, on a program level; could you see clearly how your workforce is associated with programs (do you have retirement eligible staff serving a particular program, and are you aware of how you’ll address succession planning?, for example); and will it allow you to transition your approach (or the department’s approach) from line-item budgeting to program budgeting?
The truth is that very few governments are able to meet their No. 1 priority because they don’t have the hard data required to make smart and transparent decisions throughout their organization.
Nor do they have the internal structure, a fiscal command center, where the critical data flows together and provides a visual platform for intelligent, transparent, data-focused decisions to be made.
To make smart, proactive decisions, municipal leaders need a fiscal command center for data-creation, data analytics and data-driven decision making. This command center presents an intuitive user-interface to identify the programs and services your organization provides, and translates your line-item budget into a program budget. The development of a program inventory and program costs is the foundational data-set to bring clarity and understanding, data-focused decision-making, in a time when it’s never been so crucial. And it’s never before been so easy to do…
Register here! April 20th at noon PST, join ELGL, CPBB and City of Shawnee, KS City Manager Carol Gonzales as we explore, discuss and demonstrate how establishing a Fiscal Command Center provides a visual platform for intelligent, transparent, data-focused decisions to be made!
Sr. Budget & Management Analyst at the City of Durham, North Carolina. ELGL Board of Directors. Producer & Co-Host of the GovLove Podcast. Would rather be walking his dog Franklin.