Launched in 2019, Colorado’s Governor’s Dashboard outlines four high-priority strategic goals: tax reform and economic development, energy and renewables, health, and education and the workforce. Progress toward each strategic priority, set by cabinet working groups, is displayed on the publicly available Governor’s Dashboard, with data updated monthly. The strategic priorities are aligned to goals, metrics, and actions contained within agency performance plans. The Governor’s annual budget request also links these goals to specific agency activities and outcomes. In developing annual performance goals, agencies are advised to consider the impacts of their goals on broader equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts, by both setting performance goals consistent with those efforts, and by collecting and analyzing demographic data to hold themselves accountable for equitable outcomes.
Colorado launched the Reimagine State Government Initiative in 2020, which identifies specific, quantifiable goals, including reducing the state’s physical footprint by one million square feet by 2025; improving employee engagement by five percentage points by 2025; and increasing access to virtual services by 100,000 transactions by June 2021. The State continues to monitor progress towards these goals and has incorporated them into its standard performance goal setting process where applicable (see Department of Personnel & Administration “Reduce the State’s Physical Footprint” goal and the Office of Information Technology’s “Digital Government” goal).
Immediately after the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), the Colorado governor and the legislature identified three strategic areas for investing State Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), General Fund, and other direct to agency ARP awards: Fiscal Integrity; Transformational One-Time Investments (affordable housing, behavioral and mental health, workers and the workforce); and Economic Recovery and Relief. Over the next four years, Colorado will be monitoring several key performance indicators in these areas, such as: housing burden by geography; homelessness rates; access to broadband; employment credentials completed by high-need sector; unemployment rate by county; access to quality healthcare for pandemic services, behavioral and mental health, and victim assistance. The Governor’s Office will be launching a website where the public can review the spending of these funds, and the outputs and outcomes that the state is receiving as a result.