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David N. Ammons
David N. Ammons is semi-retired from the faculty and continues to work with the School of Government on a part-time basis. During his career as a professor of public administration and government he has written and taught about performance measurement, benchmarking, and productivity improvement in local government. His books on local government management include Municipal Benchmarks (M.E. Sharpe, 2012), Tools for Decision Making: A Practical Guide for Local Government (CQ Press, 2009), and Leading Performance Management in Local Government (ICMA, 2008). His articles have appeared in Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Review of Public Administration, Public Performance and Management Review, State and Local Government Review, and other public affairs journals. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Center for Accountability and Performance at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Previously, he has served on the National Performance Management Advisory Commission, the ASPA's National Council, and the Executive Council of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). He was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2006 and in 2014 was the recipient of the Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award presented by ASPA's Center for Performance and Accountability for work in the field of public sector performance. Ammons earned a PhD from the University of Oklahoma.
“Benchmarking and Interorganizational Learning in Local Government,” with Dale J. Roenigk. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 25, No. 1 (January 2015), pp. 309-335.
Leading Performance Management in Local Government. Washington, D.C.: ICMA Press, 2008.
“Performance Management in Local Government: Is Practice Influenced by Doctrine?” with Dale J. Roenigk. Public Performance and Management Review, 38, No. 3 (March 2015), pp. 514-541.
“Signs of Performance Measurement Progress among Prominent City Governments,” Public Performance and Management Review, 36, No. 4 (June 2013), pp. 507-528.
Municipal Benchmarks: Assessing Local Performance and Establishing Community Standards, Third Edition. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2012.
Tools for Decision Making: A Practical Guide for Local Government, Second Edition. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2009.
“Factors Influencing the Use of Performance Data to Improve Municipal Services: Evidence from the North Carolina Benchmarking Project,” with William C. Rivenbark. Public Administration Review, 68, No. 2 (March/April 2008), pp. 304-318.