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Change Management Lesson 2: Building Awareness of the Change to Come

January 14, 2020

In our Lesson 1 post, we introduced change management as a strategy to implement successful process improvement initiatives. In this installment, we will introduce the ADKAR (Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, Reinforcement) change management model. This is a five-stage approach to help organizations manage the people side of change. Today, we will focus on Awareness.

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Change Management Lesson 1: How to Get Started

January 7, 2020

Government staff often ask where to start when they seek to improve a process like permits, asset management, approval queues and so on.

It’s hard to know what actions to take without looking at why you are where you are today, and the mindset of the people who will have to make the change happen.

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State Auditor’s Office uncovers $7 million misappropriation

December 16, 2019

Today, the Office of the Washington State Auditor released its report on a major fraud investigation involving the Pierce County Housing Authority. The State Auditor’s Office investigation found nearly $7 million in misappropriated public funds, which is the largest case of its kind on record for a Washington local government.

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First screen from FIT data story on diking and drainage districts

Government data tells a story with FIT – just take a look at what you can learn about drainage and diking districts

August 13, 2019

The Office of the Washington State Auditor collects financial information from nearly 2,000 local governments each year and displays this data intuitively through the Financial Intelligence Tool (FIT).

We explore what can be learned about government by being curious in their financial data.

We encourage you to find something interesting and learn about all the local governments that serve the citizens of our state. What story will you find?

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