Local officials' preferences of performance measurements: A study of local police services

XiaoHu Wang, Florida International University

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify the determinants of local officials' preferences of performance measures under the assumption that public officials' consensus on performance measures can enhance the accountability in public service delivery. This research consists of two steps: multiple case studies and a survey. The author conducted the case studies in five general-purpose municipalities in Florida, interviewing 25 local officials, attending community meetings, and reviewing relevant local documents. Based on the case studies and the relevant literature, a survey was developed and sent to 445 local officials in 67 general-purpose municipalities in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, Florida. The findings of the case studies and the survey suggest that local officials' preferences of performance measures are influenced by their perception of utilities of performance measures and their desire to measure the achievement of organizational goals. The author concludes that a consensus among local officials for outcome-oriented performance measures is easier to achieve if a prospective performance measurement system is designed for reporting and management purposes rather than for budgeting purposes. ^

Subject Area

Political Science, Public Administration|Sociology, Criminology and Penology

Recommended Citation

XiaoHu Wang, "Local officials' preferences of performance measurements: A study of local police services" (January 1, 1997). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI9805213.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI9805213

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