Restructuring: A Conceptual Framework
March 8, 2011
There are vast social, economic, and geographic differences in California. The state mustbalance the need for achieving statewide goals and continuous improvement across Californiawith the need to distribute fiscal and policy authority – as well as responsibility – to the levelthat can best meet public needs. The state’s role after restructuring would include thefollowing:a.
Establishing statewide performance objectives:1.
Defining the state’s desired outcomes at the local level – that is, establishingwhat it is the state is trying to achieve – as well as establishing statewideperformance standards.2.
Ensuring data are collected and publicly available. Cost, performance andother data are an essential tool for state and local officials, as well as thepublic.3.
Recognizing that local governments across the state may have differentpriorities and approaches to providing services.b.
Tying statewide objectives to performance-based budgeting: To be effective,performance data must not only be collected, it must be tied to state objectives andused to make decisions.c.
Assisting local governments to meet outcomes:1.
sharing analyses, best practices, and expertise fromother parts of the state.2.
to encourage improvements in strategy and execution.3.
to encourage continuous improvement(publishing performance data, for example). This will help refocus localgovernments on pursuing success instead of avoiding failure.d.
Intervening when local governments fail to meet statewide objectives. This mightinclude:1.
Full-fledged state intervention in the form of a temporary state (or state-coordinated) takeover of local administration.2.
Smaller-scale intervention in the form of sanctions.e.
Reconsidering the role of state agencies, given their new roles, to eliminateoverlapping functions or pursue consolidation opportunities.
6. Role of State Government: Leadership, QualityAssurance and Continuous Improvement