DEVELOPING THE WATCHDOG CAPACITY IN ROMANIA
Romania, along with other formerly Communist-ruled countries, still struggles to establish government institutions free of mismanagement and fraud. The Norwegian government, along with Iceland and Liechtenstein, provides funding for a broad range of reform programs in Romania. Two initiatives—a website geared toward citizen engagement and a training program for volunteers and journalists—aim to promote open government and combat corruption. Read more.
THE ROOT CAUSE OF GOVERMENT PERFORMANCE PROBLEMS
The American Customer Satisfaction Index puts local and federal agencies below all major private-sector categories in customer satisfaction. If you listen to oversight hearings, it seems legislators are also exasperated with poor government performance. However, legislatures overload agencies with requirements they cannot escape. This might very well be the root cause of government performance problems. Read more.
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RE-BREAKING THE WHEEL
More than 65 years ago, Albert Einstein recalled the role that “holy curiosity of inquiry” had in his own education, allegorically asserting, “This delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and ruin without fail.” Since 1955, America has tried to grasp why Johnny can’t read. Read more.
THE EXPERIMENTING ORGANIZATION
At this moment in history there is no tradition in local government for systematically trying things out. Outside of clinical trials in medicine or public health, there is little experimentation anywhere in society. Read more.
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