Research Reports

Research Reports

GFOA's Research and Consulting Center (RCC) focuses on providing high quality research and advisory services by pairing the lessons learned from a broad membership network with the expertise of a highly educated professional staff that has practical experience working in local government.  Research reports both support and stem from the work completed in the field.  GFOA's Research and Consulting Center conducts regular ongoing research and can also work directly with individual governments to provide information.  Research reports produced recently are displayed below.

For more information on GFOA research or to inquire about a specific research project, please contact Shayne Kavanagh, GFOA Senior Manager - Research.

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Year: 
2017

Academic return on investment (A-ROI) is the practice of scientifically evaluating the cost-effectiveness of academic programs and then deciding where to allocate resources accordingly. Put more simply, A-ROI is a structured approach to getting the most bang for the buck.

Author: 
Shayne C. Kavanagh
Year: 
2013

The City of Colorado Springs, like many other governments, had questions about the amount it should maintain in reserve. This case study of Colorado Spring's risk-based assessment of reserve requirements starts out by identifying general risk factors. It then identifies primary risk factors -- revenue volatility, infrastructure upkeep, and vulnerability to extreme events -- and secondary risk factors before explaining the GFOA's findings and recommendations for the city.

Author: 
The National Performance Management Advisory Commission
Year: 
2010

The National Performance Management Advisory Commission has released its final report titled: A Performance Management Framework for State and Local Government: From Measurement and Reporting to Management and Improving.

The commission created the framework expressly for public managers and public officials, who must provide leadership for initiating and sustaining performance management.

Author: 
Shayne Kavanagh
Jeff Cole
Harry Kenworthy
Year: 
2014

You’ve heard of Lean and you are intrigued. You are acquainted with the basic Lean tools and concepts such as Kaizen, the 8 wastes, root cause analysis, and process maps - but what are the next steps? The purpose of this guide is to help you get off to a good start on your Lean journey, including:

Year: 
2017

This provides the details of the new financial sustainability framework, including suggested implementation tactics.