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Workshop Sessions with Dr. Ken Smith

Performance Measurement Workshop

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

9:00-10:30 and 10:45-12:15


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 10:30). 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, 10:45 to 12:15). In this session, Terrie Monroe and Rita Conrad will begin with a very brief history of Oregon’s contribution to the measurement movement, and then focus on the "why, how and who" of two current and dynamic projects that measure what people in Eugene and the greater Portland region feel are important to measure: Eugene Counts and Greater Portland Pulse.

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  
Portland State University