Joe Wholey is Professor Emeritus at the Price School
of Public Policy, University of Southern California. His current
research focuses on the use of strategic planning and performance
management to improve the performance and credibility of public
agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public-private partnerships.
Beginning in September 2016, Wholey be a Visiting Scholar at the
University of Delaware.
Wholey served as Senior Advisor for
Performance and Accountability and as Senior Advisor for Evaluation
Methodology at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Senior
Advisor to the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and
Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and
Director of Evaluation Studies at The Urban Institute.
Wholey is a
director of the Arlington Community Foundation. Earlier he was Chairman
of the Arlington (Virginia) County Board, Chairman of Arlington's Long
Range County Improvement Program, Chairman of the Washington
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), Chairman of the Virginia
Board of Social Services, President of Hospice of Northern Virginia (now
Capital Caring), and Chairman of the Arlington Partnership for
Affordable Housing (APAH).
Wholey is author of numerous journal
articles and is author, coauthor, or coeditor of several books including
Federal Evaluation Policy, Zero-Base Budgeting and Program Evaluation,
Evaluation and Effective Public Management, and Handbook of Practical
Program Evaluation. He has consulted with and provided training for the
World Bank and a wide variety of government agencies, foundations, and
nonprofit organizations. Wholey was President of the Evaluation Research
Society and is a co-founder of the American Evaluation Association.
is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. His
honors and awards include the Gunnar and Alva Myrdal Prize from the
Evaluation Research Society; the Elmer B. Staats Award from the American
Society for Public Administration, National Capital Area Chapter; the
first Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American
Society for Public Administration (ASPA); ASPA recognition (with Harry
Hatry) of "The Case for Performance Monitoring" as one of the most
influential articles in the history of Public Administration Review; and
induction into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame.
Wholey holds a
Ph.D. in philosophy and an M.A. in mathematics from Harvard University
and a B.A. in mathematics from The Catholic University of America.