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From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Performance Measurement by HFRP's Founder & Director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.

Theory & Practice

Aiming for Accountability: Lessons Learned From Eight States

Diane Schilder of Harvard Family Research Project draws on case studies of eight states to provide a frank assessment of the potential and limitations of RBA systems.

Questions & Answers

Interview With Harry Hatry and Joe Wholey

Harry Hatry and Joe Wholey, who have been influential in the movement toward accountability at the federal level, discuss lessons learned and next steps for performance measurement.

Promising Practices

Building Support for Statewide Outcomes: Lessons From Florida

Karen Stanford of the Commission on Government Accountability to the People in Florida reveals techniques to engage important stakeholders in the discussion about public outcomes.

Promising Practices

Do You Really Want to Be Accountable for Results? Musings on Georgia’s Learnings

Janet Bitner of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, draws on the experiences of Georgia to share some insights about engaging assistance in the development of RBA systems.

Evaluations to Watch

National Learning Project Evaluation

Jay Bell of James Bell Associates describes the National Learning Project Evaluation of the United Way.

Evaluations to Watch

Ensuring Quality in Head Start: The FACES Study

Ruth Hubbell McKey of Ellswood Associates and Louisa Tarullo of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discuss the FACES study of Head Start.

New & Noteworthy

An annotated list of organizations and initiatives related to performance measurement.

Electronic Mailbox

A list of useful resources on the Internet.

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