Local Officials React to State Policy Innovation Tying Revenue Sharing to Dashboards and Incentive Funding

Michigan Public Policy Survey, January 2012

9 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2013

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Thomas M. Ivacko

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Debra Horner

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Michael Crawford

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Date Written: January 1, 2012

Abstract

In 2011, the state of Michigan implemented major policy changes in its statutory revenue sharing program, through which it distributes funding to a subset of Michigan’s 1,856 local governments. The new policy replaced formula-based funding with an incentive program that uses revenue sharing to foster local government reform. The new program, called the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP), requires local governments to certify that they have met state-specified standards for "best practices" in three categories (accountability and transparency; intergovernmental collaboration; and employee compensation policies) in order to receive their full allotment of incentive-based funds.

This report focuses on the first EVIP category (accountability and transparency) and examines how Michigan’s local governments are responding to the state’s incentive-driven push for local reform. The findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the Fall 2011 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS).

Keywords: revenue sharing, dashboards, performance measurement and management, data driven decision-making

Suggested Citation

Ivacko, Thomas M. and Horner, Debra and Crawford, Michael, Local Officials React to State Policy Innovation Tying Revenue Sharing to Dashboards and Incentive Funding (January 1, 2012). Michigan Public Policy Survey, January 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2351896 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2351896

Thomas M. Ivacko (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Debra Horner

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ( email )

735 South State Street, Weill Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Michael Crawford

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ( email )

735 South State Street, Weill Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

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