FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2016
The American Society for Public Information’s Center for Accountability and Performance Management has presented its first Emerging Leaders award to Kate Bender and Julie Steenson in recognition of their work to implement performance management systems, innovative new practices, and for efforts to promote the importance of performance and accountability. The award was bestowed this spring at the 2016 American Society for Public Information Annual Conference.
“Data, along with resident engagement, is what accelerates Kansas City to new levels,” said Troy Schulte, City Manager. “Leaders like Kate and Julie are the drivers that help position the City as a national thought leader and innovator. Any city can collect data; it takes a smart and connected city to use that data to improve the lives of citizens.”
The City of Kansas City, Mo. formed the Office of Performance Management in 2010 to oversee the strategic data sets that drive the City’s innovations and civic decisions. Kate Bender and Julie Steenson are the data-management mavens behind the strategic analysis of City information. Their dedication and insight have helped Kansas City improve services such as snow removal, illegal dumping, parks and recreation, and communication with residents. Kansas City’s data collection is available to all residents through the Open Data Catalog. Visit data.kcmo.org to explore and visually interact with Kansas City’s data.
The Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) was established in 1996 by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) to address the requirement for all levels of government to move to performance-based, results-driven management. CAP aims to improve the practice of public service by helping public administration and nonprofit professionals acquire the knowledge, technical skills and resources necessary to successfully manage for results.
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