Priority Based Business Planning and Budgeting - Programs
As part of the Priority Based Budgeting methodology, Strathcona County has identified 319 unique programs (what we do). These programs form the basis of discussion, based on their influence on priority results.
As Strathcona County continues to implement priority based budgeting, programs and program descriptions will be continually looked at for refinements and improvements to best reflect the services that departments provides, both externally (to residents) and internally (to the organization).
The organization’s 319 programs were examined and evaluated in consideration of the contribution to achieve seven desired community results * and four additional attributes.
The seven community results are based on Council’s strategic priorities and relate to achieving excellence in the following aspects for the community:
3) Operational effectiveness
The four attributes:
1) Is the County mandated to provide the program?
2) What is the community’s reliance on the County to provide the program?
3) What is the cost recovery of the program?
4) What portion of the community or organization is served by the program?
Each department scored its programs against both the basic attributes and the priority results. For quality control, peer review teams were assigned to review program scores for each department. Based on additional information provided and further discussion, the final scores were determined. The programs were then grouped into quartiles based on similarity of scoring ranges, not ranked one versus the other. Individual costs associated with each program form a spending array by quartile. This process creates a new lens (and tools with multiple filters for data analysis) through which we can analyze how dollars are spent and how each program aligns across priorities, as well as to individual priorities. For example, a quartile 1 or 2 program impacts multiple priorities, whereas a quartile 3 or 4 program may have influence on only one or two priority areas.
*Results are also distinguished between community-orientated results which help define why programs are offered to the community, and governance-orientated results which define why internally focused programs are offered by support functions such as Human Resources or Financial Services.