Kelly, Rivenbark Publish New Edition of “Performance Budgeting”

Kelly, Rivenbark Publish New Edition of “Performance Budgeting”

UNC School of Government Professor William Rivenbark, along with UT-Knoxville faculty member Janet M. Kelly, recently published a second edition of Performance Budgeting for State and Local Government. This book is now available for purchase from the UNC School of Government Bookstore.

Description Excerpt:

This book describes performance budgeting as the integration of performance management components (planning, performance measurement, and benchmarking) into the three phases of the budget cycle used by state and local governments: budget development, budget implementation, and budget evaluation. The result is a comprehensive theoretical and practical framework for informing budget decisions. Janet M. Kelly and William C. Rivenbark enliven the text with frequent references to their original research and personal experiences with performance measurement, citizen satisfaction surveys, and financial management practices. The book also includes several case studies in performance budgeting and interviews with managers and practitioners.

Changes in the Second Edition include:

  • increased coverage of cost accounting procedures,
  • more attention to the role of citizen participation in performance management,
  • expanded focus to encompass budget implementation and evaluation, not just budget development, and
  • enhanced coverage of the management tools used to support performance budgeting, including long-term planning and the “balanced scorecard”.

Designed for use in undergraduate and graduate level courses in public budgeting/financial management, this book is equally useful for any student or practitioner involved in performance-based management.


“This book offers a refreshing approach to the topic by setting aside unconditional optimism and cheerleading for performance budgeting in exchange for a realistic, cautionary, and practical approach. Expanding beyond the parameters of a traditional textbook, the authors have truly integrated theory and practice to educate academics, students, and practitioners about what actually works for public organizations—and why.”

Deborah A. Carroll, The University of Georgia

This book is now available for purchase from the UNC School of Government Bookstore.

Berner authors new book on practical use of statistics

Please take a look at the information below about Statistics for Public Administration: Practical Uses for Better Decision Making, a new book written by UNC School of Government’s Dr. Maureen Berner.

ICMA Members can order this book for the discounted price of $39 through the ICMA Bookstore.

This book can also be ordered from the School of Government Bookstore.

From ICMA Press:

“As a public administrator, you need to be able to analyze and evaluate policies, and understand analysis and evaluations done by others. This means having a solid working knowledge of how to apply statistics to the types of data used in local government so that you make good decisions.

Statistics for Public Administration: Practical Uses for Better Decision Making, a completely updated edition of Statistics Unraveled, focuses on demonstrating how statistics can help you do your job better, rather than on a mastery of statistics. The goal of this book is to make you, as a public administrator, an educated consumer of statistical information—and an effective translator of statistical information. You get the tools you need to design an analysis, gather, analyze and interpret data, present results, and make recommendations.

“This book is a hands-on, practical, and easy-to-understand introduction to the basic concepts and methods used to analyze data in local government. Vignettes at the beginning and end of each chapter illustrate the concepts through the dialogue of fictional local government employees as they attempt to identify and solve problems. Packed with tables, charts, figures, and review questions to reinforce the concepts, the author’s conversational tone and casual style will set you at ease and make you forget any math phobia you might have!”

About the Author

Maureen Berner first joined the School of Government in 1998, teaching program evaluation, statistics, and budgeting. Between 2003 and 2005 she directed efforts to provide new outreach activities for local governments based on the UNC model at the University of Northern Iowa. In 2005 she returned to teaching and writing for MPA students and public officials at the School of Government. Berner has been active in research and teaching in both academia and in government, and her publications include a variety of books, textbooks, and journal articles. She worked for four years with the Budget Issues Group at the U.S. General Accounting Office, including a rotation to the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee while serving as a Presidential Management Intern. Berner received an MPP from Georgetown University and PhD in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.