How can states deal with the rapidly changing environment in which they operate?
A new report from the IBM Center for The Business of Government offers some answers. The report, written by The Council of State Governments Senior Fellow Dr. Keon Chi before his untimely death, offers “Four Strategies to Transform State Governance.” They are:
Anticipatory Governance. This refers to governing with foresight, Chi wrote. It suggests making the change from the current issues-driven government to emerging trends-oriented governance. It also suggests focusing on the longer term and strategic planning rather than making decisions based on the short term;
Results-Focused Governance. This strategy, according to Chi, focuses on measurable performance rather than administrative processes. This results-oriented focus steers government approaches to planning, budgeting, legislating, contracting, staffing, managing and rule-making.
Collaborative Governance. This strategy calls for participating agencies or programs to work together as co-equal partners. It involves interagency, interbranch, interstate and intergovernmental collaboration. It also includes public-private partnerships, relying on optimal service delivery systems using improved information technology and communication.
Transparent Governance. This strategy, Chi wrote, addresses ways state officials can be more open with their performance and more responsive to citizen demands. Chi said clearer access to legislative, administrative and judicial processes can protect fairness and ensure accountability in government.
The report also includes best practices and examples of use of each strategy.