Impact-Based State Budgeting

Unifying the voice of nonprofits to leverage their power

On May 29, 2014, GPNP hosted a forum on impact-based budgeting that featured Executive Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Budget Office Pete Tartline, Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative Director Gary VanLandingham, and Pittsburgh Foundation CEO Grant Oliphant.

In the current fiscal environment, Pennsylvania is constantly facing tough budget choices, causing policy makers to seek programs and policies that yield the greatest benefits in the most cost-effective way.  Impact Based Budgeting as presented by the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative involves:

  • Systematically identify which programs work;
  • Calculate potential returns on investment of funding alternative programs;
  • Rank programs based on their projected benefits, costs, and investment risks;
  • Identify ineffective programs that could be targeted for cuts or elimination; and
  • Predict the impact of different policy options.

GPNP will continue conducting programs about impact-based budgeting as an increasing number of government agencies and funders are interested in applying this framework and our membership must be prepared and involved.