National performance mandates and intergovernmental collaboration: An examination of the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)

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Abstract

This exploratory research is aimed at offering insights into how intergovernmental dependencies influence Program Assessment Rating Tools (PART) ratings under circumstances when federal funds and responsibility are delegated downward in the system. The research offers formal support for the hypothesis that programs carried out under such circumstances score relatively lower on those portions of the PART instrument that are dependent on intergovernmental collaboration. The findings are important in that they draw attention to an opportunity to improve the consistency of PART ratings across programs. Specifically, they suggest that it may be necessary to revise the instrument to include questions that recognizes and gives credit to efforts of intergovernmental collaborative efforts as part of the PART scoring process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-639
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Review of Public Administration
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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