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Improving Services or Increasing Savings: The State Evaluator's Dilemma

By Rahel C. Kahlert

This paper contributes to the current discussion about the professionalization of legislative performance evaluation on the state level. State evaluators help to fulfill the legislators' responsibility of overseeing the executive branch by evaluating the performance of state government programs and examining policies against intended objectives. The evaluator's dilemma is caused by a need to balance their goal of recommending service improvements against the need to relieve legislative budget allocation. The author defines two competing concepts of government: government as service and government as business. The paper also explores how the tension between improving government and increasing savings can be addressed in the public decisionmaking process.

Working Papers Series No. 96
2001 / 8.5" x 11" / 100 pp.
ISBN-10: 0-89940-592-4
Publication Code (WP-96)


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