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If, at this time, an agency does not align all or part of its funding with a currently identified statewide program, those dollars are assigned to "Other." In some cases, government functions do not fall under one of the currently identified priorities, called statewide programs, but are still vital to the State of Oklahoma. Performance informed budgeting is an evolving process, where current programs are continuously evaluated and other potential programs are being explored. More information may be found here within the tab called "Other."

Welcome to OKStateStat, Oklahoma's performance transparency website to showcase performance-informed budgeting efforts. One of the tools to accomplish performance-informed budgeting is the creation of Statewide Programs aligned within agency budgets.

Under the leadership of Gov. Mary Fallin and her cabinet, the state has charted its strategy by crafting 5 strategic statewide goals and underlying Statewide Programs. The Governor’s Office worked with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, the Governor’s Cabinet and other key stakeholders to define strategic priorities and outcome measures for each Statewide Program.

Currently, there are 52 Statewide Programs identified; these may evolve over time, as continuous improvement is the motivation for performance-informed budgeting. These Statewide Programs allow the state to bridge the gap between performance measures and dollars actually spent on services. This cross-agency perspective allows for more informed questions about the most effective allocation of state resources.

This effort began in the summer of 2013 at the Governor’s Annual Strategic Planning Summit with her cabinet. As a result, 5 statewide goals emerged as broad priority areas of the state. Approximately 50 statewide programs were established under the 5 statewide goals, which represent collaborative efforts cutting across cabinets, agencies and departments in state government.

State agencies and their subject matter experts in each priority area collaborated to determine the statewide program strategic objectives and targets to achieve priority outcomes for Oklahoma. All objectives include baselines and targets with an emphasis on measuring progress and promoting continuous improvement in state government. State agencies provide performance data and information to a centralized unit to report on progress.

The 5 statewide goals are broad priority areas describing desired, long-term outcomes of the state that encourage strategic direction, while providing a framework in which state agencies can align their efforts. The following are Oklahoma's 5 statewide goals:

Healthy People and Strong Families: Oklahoma will strive to provide infrastructure for social stability, access to health care services, preventative care services, and promote overall wellness in order to support healthy people and strong families.

Safe Citizens and Secure Communities: Oklahoma will strive to provide public protection, law enforcement, and environmental stability in order to maintain the safety of its citizens and security of its communities.

Educated Citizens and Exemplary Schools: Oklahoma will strive to provide exemplary schools, high-quality education, and opportunities to support the educational attainment and achievement of its citizens.

Prosperous Citizens and Thriving Economy: Oklahoma will strive to support business, entrepreneurship and innovation, wealth generation, and key economic systems of the state in order to foster prosperous citizens and a thriving economy.

Effective Services and Accountable Government: Oklahoma will strive to provide effective services and accountable government for its citizens by practicing fiscal responsibility, efficiency and transparency in state government.

The performance information and data collected across state agencies is being used to inform decisions by state leadership, management within state agencies, state legislators, and the citizens of Oklahoma all in an effort to promote transparency and continuous improvement in state government.

A statewide program is a cross-cabinet, cross-agency priority for the State of Oklahoma which encourages collaborative efforts by state government to achieve identified outcomes. Each statewide program is aligned to both performance measures and financial data. When state agencies develop their budgets and account for expenses, they select one of the 52 currently identified programs or "Other."

This system of performance informed budgeting was established so progress made and dollars spent against a given statewide program can be seen in the same place at the same time, and allows for measuring progress and promoting continuous improvements in state government.

Oklahomans and state decision makers now have a comprehensive, holistic picture of how state resources are having an impact on social outcomes. Oklahoma's performance informed budgeting initiative aligns financial resources to state priorities and measurable outcomes. It enables leaders to better assess progress over time, tie budgeting to results, and provide transparency to citizens. As a part of the budget cycle, agencies are aligning their budgets to statewide programs – strategic priorities of the state. The programs are in turn aligned to high-level strategic objectives. By aligning budget and performance to statewide programs, dollars spent and performance improvement can be seen in the same place at the same time. This is the first year to have both statewide performance and financial information together on OKStateStat. For the first time, Oklahomans will have a global picture of how state government is using their resources to achieve meaningful results.

Promoting a statewide vision

Gov. Fallin created the Oklahoma Works Initiative to help Oklahomans achieve the American dream through addressing the substantial skills gap in Oklahoma’s workforce. To meet labor demands and maintain wealth-building occupations, Oklahoma must understand the new minimum for success requires a post-secondary degree or credential.

Aligning and using state data

The Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development (GCWED) has been tasked with using data to inform policy, track progress and measure success. State workforce partners, departments and agencies impacting career readiness, are developing metrics for targeted wealth generation across the state.

Expanding effective partnerships

Regional private business leaders and regional state workforce partners’ staff will lead Key Economic Networks (KENs) to provide regional and statewide qualitative data on local economies and foster regional partnerships. These KENs will identify local and regional challenges to wealth generation and will develop locally-based solutions through business leaders, economic development organizations and regional agency partners.

Modifying the use of resources and incentives to support an integrated vision

State workforce partners will establish an annual review of funding sources and incentives provided by federal, state and local sources. In addition, state workforce partners will chart the effectiveness of federal and state funding used by the state’s education, workforce and economic development system.

Yes, a budget is an agency’s planned spending; however, as the year progresses, new situations arise which lead to deviations from the original plan.

Agency Special Accounts: Specialized funds typically spent by an agency not for core operations but for other costs associated with carrying out their mission.

OHLAP Fund: The Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), also known as Oklahoma’s Promise, is a financial aid program originally created by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1992. The program is administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and the fund receives a portion of income tax revenues allocated by the State Board of Equalization, pursuant to Section 34.87 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma State Statutes.

Appropriated Funds: Funds an agency receives annually from the legislature.

Budget: A plan outlining how available funding will be used to provide goods and services in order to fulfill assigned responsibilities.

Disbursing Funds: Fund that contains a mix of the types of funds listed above (appropriated, revolving and/or federal).

Expenses: Monies which have been spent by an agency.

Federal Funds: Resources received from the federal government for an agency’s use.

Fiscal Year: For Oklahoma, the fiscal year begins July 1st and ends June 30th.

Revolving Funds: Monies an agency collects outside the normal appropriation process from revenue sources as authorized by law, such as fees and fines.

OKStateStat is Oklahoma's performance transparency website and houses performance information under the statewide programs for performance informed budgeting. The statewide programs developed under the strategic framework of performance informed budgeting were intentionally aligned to the performance measures, outcomes, and targets of Gov. Fallin's workforce and education alignment initiative, the Oklahoma Works Initiative—42 performance measures across 14 statewide programs share the Oklahoma Works Initiative performance measures and targets. This alignment of the Oklahoma Works Initiative with performance informed budgeting will allow for the accounting of dollars spent toward achieving the outcomes of wealth generation, employment growth, and workforce participation as well as many other areas in the education and economy statewide goals. The alignment of these two projects also allows for the Oklahoma Works Initiative to serve as a model of what can be done when the state aligns and uses data to achieve outcomes. There are many other goals and priority areas that have been identified as a part of performance informed budgeting that can be impacted by promoting a statewide vision, effective partnerships, and modified use of resources and incentives to reach the targets that the state has set.

Budget and expense figures only account for whole months that have been completed during the current fiscal year.

If, at this time, an agency does not align all or part of its funding with a currently identified statewide program, those dollars are assigned to "Other." In some cases, government functions do not fall under one of the currently identified priorities, called statewide programs, but are still vital to the State of Oklahoma. Performance informed budgeting is an evolving process, where current programs are continuously evaluated and other potential programs are being explored. More information may be found within the tab called “Other.”

OKStateStat showcases both financial and performance data. The source of the performance data for each performance metric under each statewide program can be found by clicking on the "Learn More" button.

The financial data shows budget and expenses reported at the statewide level in the state accounting systems. In some cases, this might not include all financial information for all levels of Oklahoma government, such as cities, towns, counties and local education entities, because these entities may have their own separate accounting systems.