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Quick Tips for Defining Business Performance Metrics

Posted by Neubrain Communications

During the course of working with various organizations that have deployed performance dashboards we have discovered 4 major success factors to implementing them successfully: (1) proper sponsorship and adequate resources for the project; (2) creating the right metrics and standardizing their meaning; (3) designing a compelling user interface and the proper technical infrastructure to manage the metrics collection and analysis processes; and (4) planning ahead to ensure end-user adoption and managing organizational change.

In this blog we would like to briefly address the second factor: creating the right metrics and standardizing their meaning. Organizations should invest the time towards developing a well-rationalized, well-balanced set of leading indicators and operational metrics aligned with their strategic objectives and priorities. This step is crucial when implementing a sound performance management capability. Here are a few tips on how to start:

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Topics: performance management, dashboards, metrics

How to Jump Start Your Financial Transparency Initiative

Posted by Neubrain Communications

The United States is a country with a mature and educated digital population, where citizens constantly question whether their tax dollars are being put to good use. It’s no surprise, then, that they want to collaborate with their government on designing future public services.

Citizens want a clear and stable vision of the government services available to them. One way to provide that is through transparency in financial and performance reporting. Sharing formulated strategy, implementation progress and performance results help taxpayers understand how strategic or priority goals translate into dollars, so they can see how their money makes a difference. But citizens are not the only beneficiaries in this scenario. Transparency forces government administrators to run operations more efficiently. Fostering citizen engagement through data sharing helps government officials better understand the priorities of individuals and communities.

Now that we know what sharing can provide to citizens and government workers alike, the next step is determining what information to share. Here are some ideas:

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Topics: budgeting, transparency, open data

Transparency and Budget Practices

Posted by Neubrain Communications

Traditional line-item, or black box, budgeting that explains year-over-year incremental changes has resulted in diminished credibility and left more citizens questioning whether taxpayer dollars are being put to good work. Consequently, this type of budgeting is fast becoming a relic, giving way to a new, more strategic approach of budgeting called Performance-based Budgeting (PBB) and its variants - priority-based budgeting and budgeting for outcomes.

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Topics: Performance-based Budgeting, performance management, methodology, transparency, open data

Happy Holidays from Neubrain!

Posted by Neubrain Communications

We wish you the joy of family, the gift of friends, and the best of everything this holiday season and in the coming new year. From all of us at Neubrain, we wish you the very best this holiday season!


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Topics: Neubrain

The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Government Fiscal Health

Posted by Neubrain Communications

We are excited to share The Governing Guide to Financial Literacy, Volume 2, a new resource for elected public officials, budget officers, government leaders and department heads.

This Guide provides relevant knowledge to public leaders to help them better determine their jurisdiction’s financial health. Inside you will find everything from an overview of accounting concepts to the steps you can take to improve your jurisdiction’s financial health. 

The Governing Guide to Financial Literacy
Includes a snapshot of research findings identifying state and local government leaders’ understanding of financial health; an overview of basic accounting and financial health concepts; key strategies for determining your jurisdiction’s financial health, and tips for enhancing it now and in the future.

Click Here to Download  

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Topics: Government Budgeting, budgeting and finance, Public Sector Budgeting

Season's Greetings and Holiday Pie Chart!

Posted by Neubrain Communications


Making pie is an activity that lets families embrace the true spirit of the holidays 
- warmth, laughter and quality time with family and friends.
A nationwide survey asked:
What are your top  3 favorit e pies?
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Topics: dashboards, visualization

This Week in Business Analytics: Moneyball and Data Analytics Tools

Posted by Neubrain Communications

Our top three budgeting, forecasting and business analytics posts from the week of September 12th!


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Topics: budgeting, Business Analytics, Government Budgeting, Performance-based Budgeting, tools, budgeting and finance

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