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3. Adjust the State Role

3. Adjust the State Role

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Published by California Forward
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Smart Government
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Executive Summary 
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July 11, 2011
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In addition to the draft proposals above, the state needs to restructure legislative and executiveactivities to provide a new form of leadership focused on driving improved results at the locallevel. The state also will continue to play a vital role in ensuring minimum standards across thestate to maintain equity. It should do this by establishing a set of basic standards that includeprohibiting counties from discontinuing obligations to provide services under current law or
reducing eligibility for services. Specifically, the state’s role will be
to:Establish the Big Five Outcomes for state programs in collaboration with localcommunities, and measure indicators of success annually.Incentivize collaboration among local programs based on evidence-based practices.Provide encouragement and serve as a convener of peer-to-peer technical assistance, sosuccessful local governments can share best practices around achieving better outcomesand improving fiscal management. This also should include performance-basedmanagement training.Quantify savings to the state based on positive outcomes (e.g. reducing the number of people sent to prison can be directly tied to a reduction in state prison operating costs).Allow cities, counties, schools, and special districts to retain local savings.Streamline regulations that impede economic development and reducemicromanagement compliance activities that detract from a local focus on outcomes.Act as an advocate on behalf of local governments before Congress and federal agencies,to forge a partnership around federal programs and funds.Focus state budget-making on improved performance:
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Performance-based budgeting: The governor and legislators should establishclear goals and performance measures for all programs. At least once a year, aspart of the budget process, lawmakers must review programs to determine if they should continue, or how they can be improved.When local governments chronically underperform or fail to meet statewide objectives,the state should intervene in the following ways: 
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State intervention should involve having another successful local agency help afailed agency restructure or stabilize. Agencies falling short of performancethresholds should receive technical assistance from teams made up of state andpeer administrators.These teams could include consortiums of experts like the
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In the new structure the state has an essential role of establishing
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in collaboration withlocal agencies
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statewide outcomes reflecting statewide goals and values, ensuring that datais available to measure effort and performance, and facilitating learning and best practices toencourage continuous improvement.

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