Accession Number:

ADA504930

Title:

Measuring Boston's Security Investment: Methods and Tools to Assess Homeland Security Initiatives. Policy Analysis Exercise

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis (abstract)

Corporate Author:

HARVARD UNIV BOSTON MA

Report Date:

2009-03-31

Pagination or Media Count:

61.0

Abstract:

In September 2008, the Boston Mayors Office of Emergency Preparedness MOEP tasked us with identifying a suitable performance measurement system for their organization. Specifically, the policy question they asked was What is the best way the City of Boston can measure the performance of U.S. Department of Homeland Security funded initiatives since 911 Crafting a performance measurement system was a high priority for MOEP, but they lacked the necessary staff and resources to explore a solution in-house. In response to MOEPs request, our Policy Analysis Exercise PAE proposes four recommendations for MOEP as they move forward in developing a performance management system 1 Implement a Balanced Scorecard approach 2 Focus on defining and executing critical priorities using Richard A. Clarkes Metropolitan Area Security Plan 3 Draw from DHS-style measures, but also focus more on creating forward-looking measures 4 Undergo the Emergency Management Accreditation Program within 3 years. After careful review of current performance management systems, particularly those measuring preparedness and security -- we determined that the Balanced Scorecard is the most practical, applicable, and sustainable solution for MOEP.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE