This Month’s Symposium Topic is:

Program Budgeting & Insights & Applying Data in Consideration of Reimagining Police Services

“Defund the Police” is currently being voiced by many American’s across the country. Many US cities are listening to their constituents and taking action. The challenge is, what does “Defund the Police” really mean and how can city leaders responsibly respond and take action to address demand?

The very first step is to better understand what services police truly provide. Over many decades, police departments have been tasked with responding to and addressing the majority of city challenges. Beyond what was once a primary responsibility to prevent and respond to criminal activity, police are now tasked with responding to homelessness, mental illness, and addiction (along with many other societal ills).

A challenge arises when you try to identify what could or should be defunded. Many police department line item budgets don’t adequately identify the true breadth of services and programs they provide. The services and programs to potentially “defund,” or what PBBi (Program Based Business Intelligence) identifies as “repurposing,” don’t exist in any communicable form to begin the discussion or decision-making process.

Of most immediate interest, we’ve been tuned in to these two questions:

  • From what programs are resources to be reduced?
  • Towards what other programs (and outcomes) are resources being reallocated and repurposed?

About the Speaker:

Chris Fabian is co-founder of the Center for Priority Based Budgeting and Resource Exploration. Priority based budgeting (PBB) is a leading best practice in local government and a powerful lever for change. ResourceX provides the software solution and powerful analytic tools to implement a priority based budget using data and evidence to transparently and exponentially improve results for citizens and the community. He combined both companies in 2017 under ResourceX, with staff members in Colorado, North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and Ohio. PBB is now practiced and applied by nearly 200 organizations across North America.

Chris’s journey into the world of Government Finance began in 2003, when his very first company, the Local Government Solutions Group, was a partner to David Osborne’s “Public Strategies Group” – Osborne, if the name is familiar was co-author of “Reinventing Government” and “The Price of Government.” In partnership with Public Strategies, Chris worked with some of the countries first pioneers in “Budgeting for Outcomes” – the process that first attempted to propose an alternative to traditional line-item budgeting approach, emphasizing the “Outcomes” that the public gets for it’s money.

From 2005-2008, Chris’s work centered on creating the Priority Based Budgeting process while a local government practitioner. “PBB” is currently recognized as a leading practice by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National League of Cities (NLC), the Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA) as well as the Alliance for Innovation.

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