7 Benefits of Benchmarking for Local Governments
Everyone benchmarks in one way or another in our personal lives. As an avid golfer, I hold an 8 handicap. On good days, I play to my handicap but on the not-so-good days, I struggle to break 90. Maintaining a golf handicap - benchmarking - helps me understand how I'm performing and what progress I'm making in my game. It also allows me to compete with golfers of differing abilities on a level playing field.
How to Solve Local Government Challenges with a Strategic Plan
Local governments face many challenges on a regular basis, and each of these challenges has the potential to pose a threat to a municipality on their road to progress. With a strategic plan in place, local governments are able to tackle these issues head-on and get on the path to high-performance and provide the best possible service for their citizens.
5 Benefits of Open Government Data
Over the past decade, there has been a considerable trend towards greater openness and transparency with meaningful information concerning the public. From open source, to open content to open access, the public is steadily gaining a broader and more in-depth look at the underpinnings of society, and decision-making is gradually becoming more decentralized. The availability of data has previously been limited to executives and data specialists, whereas for everyone else, exposure to these sources is often delayed, intermittent, or simply unavailable.