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Government InnovationStrengthening City Data to Improve Lives

Government Innovation

Strengthening City Data to Improve Lives

At Bloomberg Philanthropies, we believe that using data to inform decision-making is essential to running a city. Unfortunately, in cities across the United States, mayors lack the tools 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 local leaders, we’re helping cities to better use data and evidence to engage the public, improve services, evaluate progress, and make sound investment decisions.

What Works Cities

Launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2015, the What Works Cities program is one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance cities’ use of data. By providing robust technical support, access to expertise, and peer-to-peer learning, Bloomberg Philanthropies is encouraging city leaders to make better use of available evidence to engage the public, fund and improve services, and evaluate progress.

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Mayor Marty Walsh examines Boston's 311 and City Score dashboard data. Through What Works Cities, the City of Boston focused on structuring and managing contracts to deliver better results, bringing greater accountability to how public funds are spent. Credit: City of Boston
Mayor Marty Walsh examines Boston's 311 and City Score dashboard data. Through What Works Cities, the City of Boston focused on structuring and managing contracts to deliver better results, bringing greater accountability to how public funds are spent. Credit: City of Boston


Bloomberg Cities Network

For Local Government Innovators

Visit the Bloomberg Cities Network, created in partnership with Johns Hopkins for city leaders and innovators full of resources, learning opportunities, and connections to peers around the world. Join the network to receive exclusive resources, including access to world-class training and events, peer networking opportunities, powerful city solutions, and more.


Top photo: Martha Galvez from the Urban Institute and Jonathan Mintz from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund speak at a What Works Cities convening hosted at Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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