What Works Cities

In cities across the United States, mayors lack the tools to use data and evidence to improve how governing gets done.

The What Works Cities initiative tackles this challenge head-on. By providing robust technical support, access to expertise, and peer-to-peer learning to cities, Bloomberg Philanthropies is encouraging mayors and cities to better use data and evidence to engage the public, improve services, evaluate progress, and fund “what works.”

Over the course of the next three years, 100 mid-sized cities in the United States will benefit from approaches that address the unique challenges mayors face. Specifically, cities will receive help creating sustainable open data programs that promote transparency and robust citizen engagement; incorporating data into budget, operational, and policy decision making; conducting low-cost evaluations; and steering funding to programs that get results for citizens.

Joining in the effort are partners The Behavioral Insights Team, Harvard University’s Government Performance Lab at Harvard Kennedy School, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Government Excellence, and Sunlight Foundation. Results for America will oversee the implementation of the initiative.

U.S. cities with populations between 100,000 and 1,000,000 are eligible for the program.



    Visit the What Works Cities website for more information and apply to become a What Works City 

    Bloomberg to give $42 million to help cities do more with data
  3. Read more in an op-ed by James Anderson in the Huffington Post

    What City Halls Across America Say About Using Data and Evidence