Announcing the 10h Annual Public Performance Conference hosted by the National Center for Public Performance, the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark and the Suffolk University Sawyer Business School’s Institute for Public Service. The topic of this conference will be how organizations design, implement and sustain performance innovations that can withstand times of transition and change.  

Performance measurement is becoming more and more common across the public and non-profit sectors. Organizations have proven to be very good at beginning performance and innovation initiatives, but less so when the longevity of these systems has been tested. We seek to better understand how performance measurement and management systems can withstand the pressures of political and institutional change and sustain themselves for the long term.

This conference will bring together the best minds in the professional and academic worlds to discuss performance measurement, program innovations, best practices, and emerging paradigms of public performance.

We invite practitioner and research presentations on the application of performance measurement and improvement systems in public and non-profit organizations, especially:

  • Designing relevant performance indicators.
  • Creating a culture of data driven decision-making.
  • Effectively collecting, storing, and reporting your performance data. 

We anticipate tracks in these five areas:

  1. Sustaining Performance Systems during Transition.
  2. Small Town Performance
  3. Non-Profits: Data & Innovation in the 4th sector
  4. Performance Data to Improve the Local Community
  5. Technology and Performance Measurement
Important Dates
  • Papers will be accepted until July 15th, 2017
  • Final presentations in Powerpoint or Prezi format are due to the conference organizers by September 21st. 
  • The conference will be held on Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 28, 2016 at the David Sergent Hall on the campus of Suffolk Univeristy in Downtown Boston. 120 Tremont st, Boston, MA
Submission Requirements and Session Formats
Please submit your proposal for review by the program committee to Andrew Ballard - Managing Director: National Center for Public Performance at using the following format:
  • On a single page - A summary of the intended presentation including key content and target audience. A brief explaination of why this presentation is important to the field. If you are presenting an academic paper, please sumbit an abstract no longer than 300 words. 
  • If you would like to take part in one of the two main panel discussions, please provide the following:
    • On a single page - Name, title, contact information. A summary, no longer than 300 words, of your relevant work and experience that qualifies you to speak as an expert on that particular topic. 
Session Formats:
  • Keynote addresses will last 60 mintutes with 20 minutes for Q&A and open discussion.
  • Panel Discussions will last 80 minutes
  • Breakout sessions will be formatted as follows:
    • 3 presenters and one moderator. Moderator will make a brief, 5 minute, introduction to the topic and the presenters. 
    • Presenters each have 20 mintures for their individual presentation. 
    • The remaining time will then be made for Q&A and open discussion.
10th Annual Public Performance Conference
Rutgers University-Newark
School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)

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