|ISSUE 12 | WINTER 2014|
|Virginia Performs, a signature initiative of the Council, is a performance leadership and accountability system that links a
high-level vision and key goals for citizens with performance-based planning and assessment across all levels of state government.
The Virginia Report is an annual high-level review published by the Council. It answers the question, "How is Virginia doing?" by examining the state's performance over the past year on both citizen-oriented indicators and the detailed metrics kept by state agencies on key measures and targets.
Continued Progress on Broad Citizen Outcomes
The Virginia Report 2013 points out several important and positive trends:
You may download low- or high-res versions of The Virginia Report 2013 from the Council website; you can explore reports from earlier years as well.
One of the key challenges in improving assessment of critical issues like workforce quality has been to integrate performance information from disparate sources in meaningful ways. To better address this need, the Council has begun development on a series of issue-specific report cards -- all available on Virginia Performs -- that are designed to deepen understanding of the challenges to progress, to strengthen strategic thinking, and to encourage greater collaboration among both public and private organizations.
Virginia's Workforce System Report Card
The first to be developed, Virginia's Workforce System Report Card debuted in late 2012.The Commonwealth's workforce development system is multi-layered; it involves several agencies and levels of government, along with many other partners, both public and private. Measuring the performance of such a complex system presents a significant challenge.
The workforce report card has been a new tool for assessing that performance. A January 2014 update included trend changes as follows:
Council staff continue to work with the Governor's Office, the Virginia Workforce Council, and other partners to refine and enhance the data.
Since bridging critical workforce skills gaps will depend on close regional collaboration, the Council and its partners are also developing a new model for assessing regional approaches to workforce development. The goal of the new model -- which will be represented by a new indicator on the Workforce System Report Card -- is to help a region gauge its progress in developing and improving a demand-driven, coordinated, and responsive workforce development system.
For more information about the latest workforce report card, as well as background information on its development, see Virginia Performs.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Report Card
Innovation – the introduction of new ideas, processes, or products – helps businesses create more value for their customers relative to their competitors. Entrepreneurs are the agents who capitalize on innovation to start and expand businesses. The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) has created an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System (IEMS) to enhance assessment of our progress with these key factors for economic growth.
Working in partnership with Council staff, CIT culled data from the IEMS to create the new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Report Card on Virginia Performs. Goals for Virginia, along with detailed measures, were outlined to cover the innovation pipeline from talent and idea formation to commercialization and realized outcomes. The I and E report card complements the new Innovation and Entrepreneurship indicator on Virginia Performs.
State Government Operations Report Card
Virginia's state government is a large and complex enterprise. With revenues of more than $40 billion in fiscal year 2013 -- a total roughly equivalent to iconic Fortune 100 companies such as FedEx and Walt Disney -- its 122,000+ employees manage operations in more than 100 agencies, universities, and other organizations. In addition, a significant share of the work of government and the delivery of its services is accomplished through local governments and other public and private third-party partners.
Given this scope and complexity, developing a high-level view of government operations has been challenging. The State Government Operations Report Card complements and builds on the information maintained in Virginia Performs' Government Operations indicator and establishes an informative overview of the overall efficiency and effectiveness of state government.
Two new indicators were recently added to the Virginia Performs Scorecard:
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