Outcome Budgeting - How it Works

In 2008, the City's eight outcome areas were prioritized in order by Lincoln's citizens who participated in a survey:

  1. Safety & Security
  2. Economic Opportunity
  3. Healthy & Productive People
  4. Livable Neighborhoods
  5. Efficient Transportation
  6. Environmental Quality
  7. Accountable Government
  8. Identity Lincoln (what makes Lincoln special)

In 2013, an online citizen survey changed the order to:

  1. Safety & Security
  2. Livable Neighborhoods
  3. Economic Opportunity
  4. Efficient Transportation
  5. Accountable Government
  6. Healthy & Productive People
  7. Environmental Quality
  8. Identity Lincoln (what makes Lincoln special)

In the 2013 survey, citizens were asked about both the importance of the outcomes and how they would rank the outcomes according to funding need. The two questions resulted in different answers. For instance, citizens felt that in terms of funding need, Efficient Transportation was the second most important outcome, but ranked it sixth in overall importance. The Mayor's Office chose to use an average between the two sets of answers to determine the outcome order for the 2014-16 budget cycle.

City staff and private sector participants developed goals for each outcome prioritized in order of importance, with Goal 1 being the most important to achieving the outcome. See the Goals & Performance Indicators page.

The work of the City was divided into over 200 programs. Each program was assigned to an outcome area and a goal within that area. Then each program was evaluated by City staff and private sector participants into three tiers (1, 2, and 3). Tier 1 programs are the most important toward meeting the goal. Programs that are listed as Tier 0 are mandated by either the state or federal governments and must be provided. How the programs were tiered and the results are on the Mayor's Community Prioritization page.

City staff and private sector participants developed 132 performance indicators to measure the City's progress toward the 39 goals in the eight outcome areas. Performance indicators can be viewed on the Goals & Performance Indicators page.