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Final Report: Quality of USAID Education Sector Evaluations 2011 and 2015

In response to previous criticism of its program evaluation efforts, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has since 2011 updated its evaluation policies and increased its evaluation efforts. To examine the associations of evaluation quality with time, USAID education goals, evaluation type, and evaluation contractor in charge, this…

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Adverse Actions: The Rules and the Reality

This monograph contains six interrelated articles that describe the official rules for adverse actions and then use survey data to analyze how the adverse action system actually operates in practice. Topics covered include: (1) the new employee probationary period; (2) the new supervisor probationary period; (3) the standard of proof;…

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Due Process in Federal Civil Service Employment

This report explains the interaction between the U.S. Constitution and adverse personnel actions in a merit-based civil service. It discusses the current civil service laws for adverse actions and the history behind their formation. It also addresses why the Constitution requires that any system to remove a public employee for…

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Assessing the Past and Promise of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey for Public Management Research: A Research Synthesis

Since 2002, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has used the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) to monitor efforts by federal executive agencies to manage human capital. Public management researchers have used FEVS data to produce dozens of peer-reviewed publications on a range of topics of interest to policy makers,…

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Commentary: The Balancing Act: Addressing the Needs of Federal Managers and Researchers through the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

The FEVS is increasingly used as a management tool to assist agencies in understanding the needs of their employee populations at all levels of the organization and in taking specific action to improve employee engagement and performance. If the overall purpose of conducting the survey were strictly to collect demographic,…



UnlockTalent.gov is a comprehensive data visualization dashboard created by the US Office of Personnel Management to help Government leaders make data driven decisions and design initiatives to increase employee engagement and satisfaction. While previously only federal managers and leaders were able to access Unlocktalent.gov, with the release of the 2015…

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Commentary: The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: A Practitioner's View of Using the Data

The drive to improve the performance and accountability of federal agencies combined with the Obama Administration's commitment to data-driven personnel management, has elevated the importance of the Federal Employee View Point Survey (FEVS). The FEVS is now used as a diagnostic and management and accountability tool for agencies and their…

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