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Aug 13

Applied PBB Learning: Hands-on Exercises (for All Levels of PBB Mastery)


At this year's Summit, we rolled out a hands-on workshop to practice "data-driven decision making." Applying data in the decision-making process takes practice, just like any other skill. The exercises included in this course are practical and proven (most come from our client's successful experiences) and are designed to build skills and create immediate value.


Data driven decision making of any sort requires a set of skills, made perfect by practice, discipline, persistence and also reflection. For example, Mike and I went to school for engineering in order to learn the overarching principles (tools) of physics, chemistry and math (analogous to the principles of PBB, the Blue Print and the 4-Levels of Mastery), and learned from teachers how to create relevant data through measurement, and then apply principles with data to solve engineering problems. Similarly, PBB communities create new and relevant data through measurement (program inventory, program costing, program scoring), and then apply the PBB Blue Print framework for action to frame effective policy decisions and trade-offs.


Applying PBB data to drive decision making takes practice, and this course was designed for skill building, applied learning, mastery, and also to provide practical exercises that produce real value and insight for your organization. Here are the slides from the exercises alone:



We are considering a monthly webinar training course to help communities build these skills in applying PBB data to drive decision making, and would love to know your interest - please let us know if you'd like to see this course offering.


Littleton would love to take part in webinar courses. With all of our departments tasked to tackle using the data to make decisions in our budgeting process next year, we will do some in-house training, but a webinar would be great for those who are unable to attend (and likely to help us fine-tune our in-house training as well!)

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