The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Mississippi
In December 2012, House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves extended a formal partnership invitation to the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. As chair and vice-chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee of Mississippi, Speaker Gunn and Lt. Gov. Reeves intend to use the Results First model to assist in their broader goal of building a performance-based budgeting system in the State.
The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, or PEER, and the Legislative Budget Office are leading the technical team that is implementing the Results First cost-benefit analysis model. PEER conducts performance evaluations, investigations, and expenditure reviews of state government agencies to support the Legislature in its oversight role and in making state government more effective, efficient, and accountable. The Legislative Budget Office serves as the fiscal agency and provides technical assistance and data processing to the joint budget committee and the Legislature to inform budget decisions. Max Arinder, director of PEER, and Brian Dickerson, committee analyst, lead the technical team assisted by Brian Pugh, budget office analyst, and staff from the Department of Corrections and Department of Education.
The technical team began implementing the criminal justice component of the Results First model in January 2013 and began work on the education component in July 2013.
The technical team plans to complete initial implementation of the criminal justice component in fall 2013 with the goal of providing detailed program analyses to inform budgetary decisions in the 129th Session of the Mississippi Legislature when it convenes in 2014. The team also plans to provide an initial assessment of progress on the Department of Education Results First component in the spring of 2014.
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative is a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.