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What can Budgeting for Outcomes do for you?


Transform Your Government

When you change the budget debate from cutting or adding to discussing outcomes, you change the entire focus of government. As a result, governments that utilize BFO transform the very nature of their work. They embrace continuous improvement because managers are accountable for results and programs must deliver the results citizens want most from their tax dollars.

  • “By and large, most people distrust the traditional budget process, so people distrust the final product. BFO moves us from arguing about the validity of the budget to talking about priorities…The nature of our budget debate changed to outcomes.”
    • Roger Neumaier, Snohomish County, Washington



Engage your citizens

Governments that align their budgets directly with citizen priorities experience a renaissance in their relationship with the public. Because the budget process is transparent and more understandable, citizens can be engaged as partners. Here’s what local governments report:

  • “As an elected official, I have something to talk about to the public: results ­ which reinforces trust in government.”
    • Serena Cruz Walsh, Commissioner, Multnomah County, Oregon


engage your employees

Governments that utilize BFO report a “cultural revolution” that develops leaders, improves communication, cultivates new talent, and unifies the entire organization around focused goals. BFO is an inclusive endeavor that leverages ideas from a much broader pool of individuals.

  • “BFO opens up the organization and opens up lines of communication. It’s an opportunity to educate everyone from line staff personnel to the CEO…It also forces difficult conversations that incremental budgeting doesn’t.”
    • Stefani Conley, Mesa County, Colorado


Bring common sense to your budget

While the BFO process isn’t traditional, the focus on purchasing results citizens value -- instead of just adding or cutting last year’s budget -- is surprisingly intuitive.

  • “It required us to stop doing things the old way.  The old way had a lot of pitfalls and was a stale model that wasn’t working.”
    • Dave Cook, City of Dallas, Texas