Jim Chrisinger is a senior partner at the Public Strategies Group. His career in public service includes service at all three levels of government (local, state and federal) and in all three branches (legislative, executive and judicial). Most recently he led performance, accountability and ultimately transformation efforts for the state of Iowa during Gov. Tom Vilsack's administration.

March 7, 2012

What Elected Leaders Can Do

They can be heroes of government transformation—or they can be barriers to effective change.
December 14, 2011

Eating 4 Education

A Virginia city found a way to make a tax increase for its schools easy to swallow.
October 5, 2011

A New Operating System for Government

For states and regions to be competitive and innovative, they need transformational change. The business community could be a formidable ally.
July 27, 2011

Better than Cutting

Slashing budgets across the board protects the worst spending. There are plenty of far more effective ways to go.
June 1, 2011

Smart Management and the Turnaround of a City

The right management tools can literally help rebuild a blighted city.
April 20, 2011

The Ideal 21st Century Employee

To accommodate tomorrow's governments, we need leaders who excel at innovating and getting results, not climbing ladders.
March 7, 2011

Iowa Charter Agencies: Did They Work?

Can Iowa's Charter Agencies initiative create more public value and help close the budget gap better than regular agencies? We believe the answer is a resounding "Yes."
February 9, 2011

Governors And Budgets

How governors spend money is their most powerful lever to prioritize, make performance consequential and move agencies and stakeholders from frustration to innovation.
January 19, 2011

Innovation in Iowa

West Des Moines, Iowa, may not seem a likely hot spot for public management innovation, but it thinks big when it comes to delivering value.
January 10, 2011

West Des Moines Cleans up on Trash Collection

By looking beyond the status quo, West Des Moines saved money and provided better service.
December 7, 2010

Results from Baltimore's Budget

Done well, outcome budgeting uses the leverage of the budget process to do more than just better allocate money. It drives innovation.
June 14, 2010

Transformation by Popular Demand - Citizens Drive Change

So what does constructive “demand” for transformed government look like? A couple of examples come to mind.
May 17, 2010

Budgeting that Really Works

While the need for improved budgeting is clear, how these various approaches work is anything but clear.

Is There Really No Money in Government for Transformation?

There's no excuse for failing to invest in change.