Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced the relaunch of PhillyStat on Wednesday.
The city’s performance management program is used to help officials review the progress of programs designed to make Philadelphia a safer city for residents and a more attractive destination to draw businesses and visitors to the city.
In addition to public safety, Nutter has outlined other key strategic goals for PhillyStat, that include turning the city into one of the greenest and most sustainable communities in America.
Public PhillyStat meetings were put on hold temporarily, while officials fine-tuned the program.
“We’re going to lay out not only targets, but then measure them and communicate with the public what we found, what we can do better, which we’re constantly asking ourselves the question. I would suggest to you that if we were able to do something 100 percent, in this government at least we would still ask the question the next day ‘how can we do it better, how can we do it faster, how can we do it more efficiently, what other things can we do to heighten the performance of the city government,’” said Nutter.
Nutter says the aim of the program is to set goals and targets and be able to measure how well city government is serving Philadelphia residents.
The first so-called Philly-Stat Outcomes meeting scheduled on Wednesday focused on a review of public safety progress. Nutter said safety is not the responsibility of law enforcement alone, but should be shared by everyone in the city.
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Nutter said efficiency and transparency should be at the center of providing city services in a measurable way.
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,” said Nutter.
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