Second International Conference on Government Performance Management and Leadership

The Second International Conference on Government Performance Management and Leadership. Hosted by the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, Oregon on October 1st and 2nd, 2011. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Innovations Toward Sustainable Solutions.”

Along with PSU’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, conference co-sponsors include China’s Lanzhou University (School of Management); Japan’s Waseda University (Okuma School of Public Management/Public Service Research Institute); Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Academy of Politics and Public Administration; and Rutgers University (School of Public Affairs and Administration/Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network).

This conference represents a significant new milestone in the Hatfield School’s long-standing mission to bring together important academic research and practical applications in the public administration field. More than 100 leading scholars and practitioners from around the world will be here to discuss and explore existing and future innovations in public sector performance management and leadership. More than 70 papers and panel presentations are being planned, giving you and other public sector leaders an exceptional opportunity to learn more about this important topic while gaining international perspectives and new insights.

We also keenly understand that as a public service professional, you may have a busy schedule and many obligations. Therefore, we have provided a reduced registration fee for those interested in participating as observers, be it for all, most, or even some of this Saturday-Sunday conference.

To learn more, please visit the conference website for additional information and conference registration and hotel reservation information.

In addition to the academic presentations from our international scholars, Dr. Ken Smith, Executive Director of the Oregon Public Performance Management Association (OPPMA) has generously offered to put together two “practitioner-oriented” workshop sessions on Saturday, October 1 — provided there are a sufficient number of practitioners (about 20) who are interested in attending. 

This track would allow some conference participants with a practitioner orientation to split their time between the more formal academic proceedings and the opportunity to network and discuss key topics with like-minded practitioners in a workshop session.

The two proposed sessions will be:
* “Performance Measurement – From the Basics to the Latest Thinking” (October 1, 9:00 to 11:30). In this session, the practitioners are introduced to the basic language of performance measurement including inputs, output, and outcomes. Participants will apply this language in several exercises including the preparation of a logic model containing the goals/objectives of a program and the various links to actions that lead to reaching them.

* “Performance Measurement in Oregon – Past/Present/Future” (October 1, 1 to 3:00).  In this session, participants will hear from leaders of various performance initiatives from all level of government in Oregon (state, county, city and regional).  The presenters will provide the context for historical initiatives like the Oregon and Multnomah Progress Boards, the National Center for Civic Innovation grants, the state’s Commission on Performance Excellence (CPE), and the Portland/Vancouver Indicators.  The presenters will discuss the successes and challenges in these initiatives as well as new and potential initiatives at the state, counties and cities.

These sessions also may qualify for Continuing Professional Education.

If you are interested in attending these workshops — either as part of the full conference, or even independent of the actual conference — please let us know of your interest by responding to

On behalf of myself and my colleagues at PSU, we are hopeful you can join us for what promises to be a rich and rewarding opportunity to further advance scholarship and improve practice on these important topics.


Phil Keisling

Director, Center for Public Service
Mark O. Hatfield School of Government
College of Urban and Public Affairs
Portland State University