Marc Holzer Public Performance Symposium


Marc Holzer is one of the of the preeminent scholars in public administration. He has a long and extremely distinguished career and has published high quality academic research in the area of public performance measurement and improvement. He continues to mentor and nurture both emerging and established scholars which has had a significant and positive impact on the field of public administration. The American Society for Public Administration, along with the Section on Public Performance and Measurement (SPPM), will look forward to welcoming presentations at the Marc Holzer Public Performance Symposium during this year’s annual conference.

Presented manuscripts will focus on one of three areas:

1.    Performance Measurement Endurance
The field of public administration has numerous examples that demonstrate the positive results and impact that performance measurement systems afford to government and residents. There are also negative examples where performance measurement initiatives were unsuccessful. Public Measurement Endurance will focus on closely examining the successful performance measurement initiatives and specifically, what has helped them endure over time.      

2.    Big Data for Performance Measurement
Over the past decade, a great deal of research and interest has been spent on the topic of “Big Data.” Phrases such as “large volumes of data” and “the ability to analyze and make comparisons,” are analogous to the term Big Data. While it seems to capture a broad scope of concepts and ideas, it is unclear what distinguishes Big Data from data? Big Data for Performance Measurement seeks to uncover precisely what Big Data refers to in terms of performance measurement. An important subsequent question is, “What does it produce?” 

3.    How do Smart Cities Improve Public Performance, Innovation and Access?
As the capacity and speed at which information technology continues to grow, develop, and adapt, a positive outcome has been the advent of Smart Cities. A Smart City may be seen as one that heavily relies upon utilizes data to deliver services effectively and efficiently. Smart Cities and Performance Improvement will explore how Smart Cities are linked to public services, performance, and innovation. Relatedly, it will examine the extent to which people have a “voice” in access to services in Smart Cities.

Look for more details about actual presentations in the coming months as presenters are accepted and a schedule is published.