Performance Management: Marin Compass

Matthew H. Hymel, County Administrator

Marin Compass is the County’s performance management program, designed to create a culture of continuous improvement and learning. Differing from previous performance management efforts, Marin Compass ensures that our initiatives are developed by engaging our employees and residents. It also relies on data to measure progress and inform our operational priorities. Marin Compass is not a list of tasks for the coming year but instead focuses on what the organization is working to improve.

The foundations of Marin Compass were laid by a Performance Management Working Group in 2017; the group consisted of employees from all levels of the organization as well as community members.  Recommendations and tools from this working group were delivered to the Board of Supervisors in 2018, with a focus on continuous improvement, data collection and engagement with our employees and the community.

Collecting and sharing data online is a key focus for 2019 and the years ahead. Today, County departments are hard at work ensuring alignment with their respective missions, strategies and actions. By the close of fiscal year 2020, departments will have identified data that measures progress on their most important work. This data will be publicly available on the County’s open data site, which will detail qualitative and quantitative data. In FY 2019-20, the County will also focus on identifying cross-departmental initiatives. We know we can make great progress when we join together to improve conditions for the community.

MFR Reports

From 2004 through 2018, the County utilized the Managing for Results (MFR) process to measure and manage organizational performance. The MFR Year-End Report compares department results in achieving their performance plan initiatives and measures over the last several years as identified in year-end reports submitted by the departments. Below are downloadable materials on Marin County’s departmental performance plans as well as year-end reports dated back from FY 2008-09: