Performance Measurement as Policy Rhetoric: The Case of Federal Arts Councils

35 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2017

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Joanna Woronkowicz

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Thomas Rabovsky

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Michael J. Rushton

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Date Written: January 14, 2017

Abstract

Various reforms at the federal level have led bureaucracies, including arts councils, to design and implement performance measurement systems. We still know very little about whether performance measurement has any influence on the external conditions of arts councils, or whether it serves as policy rhetoric for arts advocacy. In this article, we seek to understand the answers to these questions by conducting a case study of performance measurement at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). We conclude that there is little evidence that performance measurement at the NEA has had any appreciable effects on agency appropriation levels. Therefore, as a policy response to federally mandated performance measurement systems, arts councils might do better in focusing exclusively on metrics that capture internal efficiency, as opposed to those that serve to demonstrate performance to external constituencies.

Keywords: Performance Measurement, Federal Arts Councils, National Endowment for the Arts

JEL Classification: Z10, H83

Suggested Citation

Woronkowicz, Joanna and Rabovsky, Thomas and Rushton, Michael J., Performance Measurement as Policy Rhetoric: The Case of Federal Arts Councils (January 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2899510 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2899510

Joanna Woronkowicz

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Thomas Rabovsky

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Michael J. Rushton (Contact Author)

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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