Since 1999 when the Accountability in Government Act was enacted, New Mexico has required its largest agencies to participate in quarterly performance management. Each year, with agency budget submissions, specific performance metrics are picked to be tracked. These metrics allow both the Department for Finance and Administration and the Legislative Finance Committee assess agency performance focused on both process and outcomes. The report cards are publicly available on the Legislative Finance Committee website, located here.
In 2021, the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee launched an initiative called LegisStat, the first of its kind in the country. These meetings are led by the joint House-Senate committee that dives into root performance challenges (and successes), much like the PerformanceStat model. LegisStat has continued in both 2022 and 2023 with new agencies.
Early childhood programming such as home visiting has been proven to help address child maltreatment, child health, and educational outcomes. These issues tend to impact lower socioeconomic families more significantly than more affluent peers. New Mexico has been tracking outputs and outcomes of investments in these programs. For example, the Early Childhood Education and Care Department reports metrics to the legislature on enrollment trends, home visits completed, children receiving well-child exams and other metrics. The Legislature helps to set targets for these programs and recent trends show improvement although in some cases, the agency is not meeting targets. The LFC recently conducted a program evaluation of ECECD’s home visiting programs and will work with the agency to continue to develop outcome metrics including longer-term impacts on education.