Mayors and local leaders are on the front lines. More than any other elected officials, they have the power to bring about real change and to solve many of society’s biggest problems. They’re also often confronted by challenges outside their control. Those constraints come in many forms, but whether financial, societal, or governmental, the Government Innovation team’s goal is to help city officials to overcome whatever roadblocks they encounter by working with them to implement a flexible, innovative approach to governing and, by providing them with the resources and support they need, to improve people’s lives and make their cities stronger for years to come.
Solutions to many of the greatest challenges we face can be found in cities. Local governments are uniquely positioned to bring about change and get things done, but they also face unprecedented challenges. Some of those challenges are within their control, while others are not — but no matter what they face, creativity, flexibility, and innovation hold the key to unlocking the full potential of their cities.
Bloomberg Philanthropies believes that using data to inform decision-making is essential to running a city. Unfortunately, in cities across the United States, mayors lack the tools and staff to use data and evidence to improve how governing gets done. By providing robust technical support, access to expertise, and peer-to-peer learning to cities, Bloomberg Philanthropies is helping cities to better use data and evidence to engage the public, improve services, evaluate progress, and make sound investment decisions.
Top photo: Mitch Weiss, Harvard Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, speaks to Mayor cohort during the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.