Performance measurement in U.S. counties : Capacity for reform

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-420
Journal / PublicationPublic Administration Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2000
Externally publishedYes


This study examines the capacity of U.S. counties to undertake performance measurement. Based on a national survey of counties with populations over 50,000, the authors address the following questions: To what extent do counties implement performance measurement? Which capacities must be present for different levels of implementation and success? What can counties do to increase their capacity for performance measurement? And, what is the effect of county structure and functions on the use of performance measurement? This study finds that the success of performance measurement is greatly affected by counties' underlying organizational capacities.