Office of Performance and Innovation

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Envision

Where do we want to go? The Office of Performance and Innovation leads the citywide strategic planning process and assists departments in building their departmental strategic plans. Learn more.

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Evaluate

How are we doing? The Office of Performance and Innovation manages the City’s performance management system, works with departments to create, collect, and analyze their performance data, and leads the annual Resident Survey.  

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Innovate

How might we do things better? How might we support new ideas? How might we leverage external partnerships and internal collaboration to advance efforts? The Office of Performance and Innovation leads process improvement and innovation programs for the City of Durham by collaborating with staff, residents, local businesses, and partner agencies to bring new ideas and improved practices into City government in efforts to bring about better outcomes for the organization and community.  Learn more.

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Special Projects

How can we use our unique skill sets to advance important and timely projects? The Office of Performance and Innovation is uniquely positioned to lead time-sensitive and important special projects as they arise.  Learn more.

Get to Know Our Staff

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Andrew Holland

Director of Performance and Innovation 

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Lyndsay Gavin

Innovation and Performance Manager

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Carmen R. Ortiz 

Budget Engagement Manager 

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Shari Metcalfe

Strategy and Performance Manager

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Mary Grace Stoneking

Design and Performance Strategist

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Budget Engagement Coordinator 

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Cecily Hamilton, Strategic Initiatives Analyst

Cecily Hamilton

Strategy and Performance Analyst

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Erick Peña

Innovation Strategist

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ICMA Management Fellow

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  1. Hafeez Dalla and his partner, Carina Barnett-Loro, Participants in the Compost program

    Banana peels and pizza crusts: City pilot program turns food scraps into compost

    Lyndsay Gavin, innovation project manager for the city, says programs such as the Walltown pilot may encourage environmentally friendly behaviors in other areas of life and foster engagement with one’s community. Additional Info...
  2. WRAL news covering durham composting program

    Durham expanding curbside composting program to 500 households

    WRAL news covers the expansion of the curbside composting program. A program pilot led by Innovation Manager Lyndsay Gavin, Solid Waste, and the Center for Advanced Hindsight. Additional Info...
  3. The Innovate Durham Team, and Mayor Pro Tem Middleton receive award for Innovate Durham

    City of Durham Wins "Most Entrepreneurial Town" Award

    The City of Durham won the "Most Entrepreneurial Town" Award for its Innovate Durham Program, which is run by the Innovation Team in the Office of Performance and Innovation. The award was a part of the 2022 Local Leadership Awards. Additional Info...
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    How 4 US Cities How 4 US cities are Building Resilience

    The work of the Innovation Team in the Office of Performance and Innovation is featured in Business Insider: "How 4 US cities are building resilience by focusing on clean energy, innovation, and smart infrastructure." Additional Info...
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    Bloomberg Cities Highlights Department's Use of Time-Tested Research Techniques

    In order to solve touch city problems like homelessness or blight, you need to know what's causing them. That sounds obvious. Yet all too often, cities launch programs based more on hunches and assumptions than research and evidence... Read On...
  6. Budget team members hold up the What Works Cities award in front of City Hall/City logo

    Bloomberg Philanthropies Recognizes Durham for Using Data to Improve Residents’ Lives

    The City of Durham is one of the first 50 cities to achieve Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Certification in recognition of its use of data and evidence to guide decision-making. Learn more about the work that earned this designation. Read on...