Budgeting for Resilience
Planning for potential disasters or systemic inefficiencies can be expensive and unpopular. But if we've learned anything from COVID-19 and the string of natural disasters from fires to floods to earthquakes, sustaining and responding to them can be equally tricky and politically taxing. We have to be prepared to survive, adapt and grow.
Local economies are dealing with significant uncertainties with needs risings and revenues declining. With significant program cuts and staff furloughs and lay-offs, a shift in how the budget is managed is necessary. Local governments are reimagining their budgets with resiliency in mind while still recovering from significant shortfalls.
Resilience in Kansas City, Kansas
Looking for ways to solve the budget crisis caused by COVID-19 can live with leadership or in the budget office, or organizations can look to tap the wealth of knowledge and expertise that exists within all levels of the organization. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas did just that with their Priority Based Budgeting Insight Workshop series. They invited over 140 staff members from all departments to participate and help identify insights that lead them to programmatic solutions in their budget. To date they have identified $9 million... and counting!!!
Begin with Program Data
Program data provides a shared language for departments and decision-makers. KCK began their Insight workshop with a program inventory of 600+ programs.
Support from the Top
The leadership from the top is incredibly influential to the success of Insights. Doug Back, County Administrator, and Kathleen Von Achen, CFO led the charge in KCK and provided motivation and leadership for the project.
Put Your Data to Work
Insights capture the knowledge and ideas of your organization at the program level easily communicating opportunities for each program.
Collaborate and Communicate
Harnessing the shared wisdom of the organization creates a culture of continuous improvement that creates shared ownership of the process. KCK invited over 140 staff members to participate in the Insight Workshop series.
An Environment of Action
Organizations must utilize the time in the workshops to create actionable Insights that leadership can discuss and put into action. KCK identified over 500, with 53 moving into the recommended phase.
Success and Future Focus
The Insights approved for immediate action identified $9 million in potential repurposing opportunities... and counting!
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