Posts on Evidence Based Management

Engaging Local Government Employees

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Employee engagement is a popular concept with a wide variety of meanings. One definition we use in academic research focuses on the energy, focus and dedication that employees bring to a job. Researchers have found employees who say they are engaged are less likely to say they are planning to leave the organization and more […]

Pulling Off Pay for Performance: Lessons from MPA Research

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Pay-for-performance (P4P) has been a hot topic among public and private managers for years. The concept is popular because it embraces the ethos of rewarding hard work. Furthermore, the “new normal” for the public sector is to do more with less and P4P seems like one strategy to accomplish that. For private sector firms, pay-for-performance […]

Boosting Employee Survey Response Rates

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Response rates are one of the most important criteria for evaluating employee survey results. The higher the response rate, the more confident you can be that your survey results apply to the workforce as a whole. That makes sense: a survey that yields a 60% response rate is more likely to accurately reflect the perspectives […]