Outcome Budgeting

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Welcome to Outcome Budgeting!            


Outcome Budgeting is the City of Baltimore’s innovative way of budgeting.  

What is Outcome Budgeting?

Outcome Budgeting is a budget process that aligns resources with results. The budget is organized at the service level around the City’s seven Priority Outcomes. Instead of starting from last year’s spending and adjusting allocations up or down, in Outcome Budgeting we start with what results matter most to citizens. 

Why Outcome Budgeting?

Traditional budgeting may have worked in the past, but the economy we face today requires a more strategic, transparent budget process. Outcome Budgeting does just that, it:

  • Addresses fiscal constraints
  • Rewards innovation
  • Measures performance
  • Makes the budget process more transparent

Incorporating OutcomeStat:

OutcomeStat uses data-driven decision making to align resources from all sectors in building and sustaining the best possible quality of life in Baltimore. OutcomeStat aligns strategic planning, CitiStat, and Outcome Budgeting.

The Fiscal 2017 budget is Baltimore’s seventh budget utilizing Outcome Budgeting, and the first that fully incorporates OutcomeStat in the budget process. More than 200 City and community partners discussed the set of indicators representing our City’s greatest challenges and generated reports outlining a Turn-the-Curve plan for each indicator. This year’s Outcome Budgeting process helped us allocate resources based on these strategic planning documents, ensuring that our limited resources are supporting services that both demonstrate results and advance key priorities.

All of these efforts to improve service delivery and turn-the-curve on quality of life indicators are geared towards growing Baltimore by 10,000 families. Since Mayor Rawlings-Blake announced this initiative in 2011 the City has begun to see population and household growth. Estimates show between 2010 and 2014 a net gain of approximately 6,169 households, according to the American Community Survey.

City of Baltimore's Priority Outcomes:

Priority Outcomes