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Our Approach

Rely on Data

Bloomberg L.P. revolutionized the world of finance by making reliable market data available at the touch of a button. The Bloomberg Administration brought the same data-driven approach to New York’s City Hall, becoming a leader in providing open data and promoting public-sector accountability.

Bloomberg Philanthropies continues that legacy, following the data to identify problems, target new solutions, and measure progress.

Mike Bloomberg joins executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, during COP25 in Madrid, Dec. 2019.
Mike Bloomberg joins executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, during COP25 in Madrid, Dec. 2019.

Approach in Action

The Data for Health initiative provides data and policy training for government officials to strengthen how they use data in the policy-making process.

In Shanghai, Bloomberg Philanthropies collaborated with city officials to help them analyze data on the risks of secondhand smoke and respond with proven, life-saving policies. The training enabled officials to understand the threat that secondhand smoke posed for residents, draft a report detailing their findings, and convince lawmakers to pass a smoke-free law that will save and improve lives across the city. This approach proved so successful that the city is using it in other policy areas, including road safety. Through a similar process, the city has passed a law that requires the use of helmets on electric bikes.

Shanghai is one of ten cities in China that have implemented smoke-free laws, protecting more than 100 million residents.

More than 30,000 health professionals trained to use data to help make better public health policy

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