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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Citizen Input for Budgeting and Performance Management in Lincoln

The long-term goal of this project was to enable public managers and policymakers/elected officials to be intentional and evidence-based in selecting the components of their citizen involvement techniques used in budgeting, performance measurement, and management processes. This will maximize the value for both citizens and managers.

As part of our research, we worked with the City of Lincoln to develop an online survey that examined issues raised for the 2009-10 City budget as well as city department performance measures. The survey was one element of Mayor Beutler’s “Taking Charge” effort that was looking closely at the programs and services in danger of being eliminated or reduced to balance the City’s Budget. In addition to this survey, Lincolnites were invited to a public discussion.

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Related Projects
Budgeting Outcomes and Priorities in Lincoln (2008)
Citizen Input for Budgeting and Performance Management in Lincoln (2009)
City of Lincoln Satisfaction Survey: “Taking Charge” (2010)
Taking Charge 2011
Taking Charge 2012
Taking Charge 2013

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