Making Cities Work: The PerformanceStat Potential


Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 4:10pm to 6:00pm


124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

PerformanceStat coverRobert Behn, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts and Senior Fellow, Ash Center
Mark Moore, Moderator, Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations

About the Event
Harvard Kennedy School Senior Lecturer Robert Behn and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone will discuss Behn's new book The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. The book explores the growth and prominence of PerformanceStat leadership strategy across so many jurisdictions and agencies in pursuit of improved government performance. With examples from three dozen government jurisdictions and public agencies, Behn explores the leadership behaviors of public officials who leverage the PerformanceStat strategy to promote economic independence, to eradicate urban blight, and to harness their institutions’ full capacity. In response, Mayor Curtatone, whose ground-breaking work on SomerStat in Somerville is highlighted in the book, will offer additional insights.

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About the Speakers

Robert D. Behn, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, focuses his research, teaching, consulting, and thinking on the leadership challenge of improving the performance of public agencies. He is the faculty chair of the School’s executive program, Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results, and conducts custom-designed executive education programs for government jurisdictions and public agencies. Behn also writes the on-line monthly Bob Behn’s Performance Leadership Report.

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone began his sixth term on January 6, 2014, making him the longest-serving Mayor in the city’s history. He had previously served for eight years as an Alderman at Large. He earned his B.A. from Boston College in 1990, and a J.D. from New England School of Law in 1994. As Mayor, he has successfully implemented a wide range of reforms and new programs that have made Somerville a national and international leader in innovation, gaining recognition for programs and policies such as: Shape Up Somerville; the Somerville Happiness Survey; the City’s Stat model and 311 constituent service center; and Urban Agriculture Initiative, among others. For these programs, Somerville has earned distinctions by regional and national organizations, including the designation by Boston Globe Magazine as “the best-run city in Massachusetts,” by America’s Promise Alliance as one of the “100 Best Communities for Youth,” by as one of the most walkable and bikeable communities in the nation, and a winner of the 2009 “All America City” competition.

Mark H. Moore is the Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations and was formerly the Faculty Chair of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He was the Founding Chairman of the Kennedy School’s Committee on Executive Programs, and served in that role for over a decade. From 1979-2004, he was the Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy and Management and Faculty Chairman of the Program Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Kennedy School. His research interests are public management and leadership, civil society and community mobilization, and criminal justice policy and management.