Government Finance Officers Association
Shayne C. Kavanagh, editor
Produced with the financial support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Revolutionizing Constituent Relationships: The Promise of CRM Systems
for the Public Sector
About the publisher
Established in 1906, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is NorthAmericas premier association dedicated to enhancing and promoting the professionalmanagement of governments for the public benefit. Along with the GFOA staff, over16,000 members from local and state/provincial governments in the United States andCanada are committed to the idea of identifying, developing, and advancing leadingfiscal strategies and practices. As the premier adviser on the organization and adminis-tration of finance functions in the public sector, the GFOA produces publications, ad-ministers national training programs, and provides consulting services to governmentson an array of financial management practices.
A division of the GFOA, the Research and Consulting Center (RCC) focuses on pro-viding high quality research and advisory services by pairing the lessons learned from abroad membership network with the expertise of a highly educated professional staffthat has practical experience working in local government. With a major focus on man-agement and technology consulting, the RCC is a leading provider of consulting assis-tance for local governments procuring financial and ERP systems. The GFOAs RCCalso provides assistance for members and clients on topics as varied as financial practiceaudits, long-term financial planning, and performance management. Publicationsboth support and stem from the work completed in the field, ranging from white pa-pers on new technology applications to books on budgeting and fiscal policy.
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About the Authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Additional CRM Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Section 1 An Introduction to CRM. . . . . . . . . 9
By Shayne C. Kavanagh
Essential Features of CRM Contact Centers
Section 2 The Citizen and CRM . . . . . . . . . 20
By Shelley L. Fulla
CRM, Government Accountability, and Trust
CRM and Government Effectiveness
CRM and Government Efficiency
Section 3 CRM and the Business Case . . . . . . 25
By Spencer Stern and Huy T. Nguyen
Critical Business Issues
Critical Success Factors
Key Performance Indicators
Creating and Sustaining Executive Support
Section 4 CRM and People . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
By Najla M. Mamou and Kristin Howlett Gonzenbach
Awareness of the Need to Change
Desire to Participate and Support the Change
Knowledge of How to Change
Ability to Implement the Change
Reinforcement of the Change
Section 5 CRM and Process Improvement . . . . 39
By Nadeen Biddinger and Eva M. Olsaker
The Steps of Process Redesign
The Principles of Process Redesign
The Participants in Process Redesign
Section 6 CRM-Enabling Technologies . . . . . . 44
By Rita C. Scoggins
Master Data Management
Technology Acquisition Options
Section 7 CRM Cost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
By Spencer Stern
CRM Cost Strategies
The Total Budget
Section 8 Strategies and Lessons . . . . . . . . 58
By Paul W. Taylor, Mike Riffel, and Anne Spray Kinney
CRM Implementation: Key Strategies for Success
How to Achieve CRM Success: Lessons Learned from Successful Projects
Important Industry Trends
About the Authors
Nadeen Biddinger was a deputy CIO for the City of Indianapolis, Indiana, before joiningthe Government Finance Officers Association. She spent 22 years in city/county govern-ment and experienced the differences a modern constituent relationship managementsystem can bring to government when Indianapolis implemented its system a few yearsago. With the GFOA, Ms. Biddinger helps governments assess the need for new technol-ogies, develop the business case for technology investments, and facilitate procurement.
Shelley L. Fulla
Shelley L. Fulla is a senior manager with the Government Finance Officers AssociationsResearch and Consulting Center. Ms. Fulla has more than 13 years experience in govern-mental management, much of that time as a practitioner. Prior to joining the GFOA, Ms.Fulla spent six years at the City of Chicago in a variety of capacities, most recently as theassistant commissioner for fiscal administration at the Chicago Department of PublicHealth. As part of the GFOA, she has worked on several technology needs assessment ser-vices and procurement advisory services projects. Ms. Fulla has published several articlesfocused on how e-government impacts the relationship between governments and thepeople they serve.
Kristin Howlett Gonzenbach
Kristin Howlett Gonzenbach is the director of process improvement for DeKalb County,Georgia, where she facilitates business process design, analysis, and re-engineering. She iscurrently the director of two countywide technology projects: the implementation of acomprehensive 311 system and Criminal Justice Information Sharing. Ms. Gonzenbachhas a graduate degree in public finance from Rockefeller College, the Public Affairs andPolicy School of the State University of New York in Albany, New York. She is on theboard of directors for the National Association for Justice Information Systems and hasbeen a keynote presenter at conferences on justice information, 311 development, and di-saster preparedness in local government. She is also a contributing author of the book Firstto Arrive: State and Local Responses to Terrorism.
Shayne C. Kavanagh
Shayne Kavanagh is a senior manager for research in the Government Finance OfficersAssociations Research and Consulting Center. He is the editor of the award-winningGFOA publication Technologies for Government Transformation: ERP Systems and Beyond, aco-author of the GFOA publication Technology Needs Assessments: Evaluating the BusinessCase for ERP and Financial Management Systems, and the author of several articles on the
subject of technology and CRM for Government Finance Review and Public CIO magazines.Mr. Kavanagh also provides direct consulting services, including technology needs assess-ments, business cases, market studies, and system selection and procurement advisoryservices.
Anne Spray Kinney
Anne Spray Kinney is director of the Government Finance Officers Associations Re-search and Consulting Center and has more than 20 years experience working in thepublic sector, much of that time as a practitioner. While in government, Ms. Kinney heldupper management and executive positions in local government, including City of Mil-waukee administration director as well as the citys budget and management director, andCEO of Milwaukees regional wastewater and flood control authority, the MMSD. She isa past president of the GFOA. Ms. Kinney has a bachelors degree from American Uni-versity and a masters degree in public administration from the University of Illinois atChicago, and has taught government finance at the graduate level.
Najla M. Mamou
At the time of her contributions to this publication, Najla M. Mamou was a manager inthe Government Finance Officers Associations Research and Consulting Center whereshe managed enterprise software selection and implementation projects for over 20 gov-ernment organizations. In that role, she managed business case analyses, developed re-quests for proposals, and advised on systems selection procedures. Ms. Mamou is cur-rently a consulting manager with Virchow, Krause & Company, LLP. She specializes inconsulting services for utility and local government organizations in financial accounting,energy trading, and risk management. Ms. Mamou identifies process improvement op-portunities and recommends strategies for increasing efficiency and reducing risk.
Huy T. Nguyen
Huy T. Nguyen is a consultant with the Government Finance Officers Associations Re-search and Consulting Center. Mr. Nguyen specializes in market research, business caseanalysis, and ERP procurement advisory services. He has published articles on developingbusiness cases for technology investments in public sector organizations.
Eva M. Olsaker
Eva M. Olsaker is a senior manager with the Government Finance Officers AssociationsResearch and Consulting Center. Prior to joining the GFOA, Ms. Olsaker served as a se-nior consultant with a private management consulting firm for ten years. Ms. Olsakerconsulted with private and public sector organizations to implement CRM software, im-prove current business processes, productivity, and methodologies, and served as a liaisonin the software development process. As part of the GFOA, she has worked on severaltechnology needs assessment services and procurement advi