David N. Ammons

Albert Coates Professor of Public Administration and Government

Areas of Expertise

Public administration; productivity improvement in local government; performance measurement; benchmarking


David N. Ammons writes and teaches 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 has served on the National Performance Management Advisory Commission, the National Council of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), 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 Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

Selected publications

“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.

“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.

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