What Works Cities Initiative Now Partnering with Ninety Cities
Five New Cities Commit to Using Data and Evidence to Address Challenges
(Fayetteville, N.C.) — Fayetteville has been selected to join What Works Cities, the largest philanthropic effort to improve the effectiveness of local governments by enhancing their use of data and evidence. Winston-Salem, Cary, Baton Rouge, La., and Hayward, Calif. were the other cities chosen to participate in the initiative.
The What Works Cities project will help refine a comprehensive set of performance measures for stormwater projects and operations that will assist in making evidence-based policy decisions and will allow the City to better communicate the efficiency and effectiveness of its stormwater program to residents.
“The City of Fayetteville is very excited to be chosen as a What Works City,” said Rebecca Rogers Carter, Strategic and Performance Analytics Director. “This initiative, while it is focused on our stormwater program, will advance the City’s citizen-driven performance measurement program, TRACstat. The City prides itself in being an engaged leader in the community for innovation, effective change management and continuous improvement strategies. The TRACstat program ensures we are results-focused, accountable and transparent.”
Residents can access performance results, finance and budget data and updates on the City Council’s Strategic Plan by visiting http:tracstat.fayettevillenc.gov.
Launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015, What Works Cities is now partnering with 90 cities across the country that are home to more than 28 million people in 37 states and have annual budgets exceeding $96 billion. The initiative will partner with 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2018.
“Data is one of the best resources at cities’ disposal for effectively solving challenges and driving progress,” said Simone Brody, Executive Director of What Works Cities. “We’re supporting city leaders to maximize the use of their data to make more informed decisions, develop stronger programs and services and better serve their communities.”
Cities are teaming up with What Works Cities’ expert partners to develop the skills to apply data-driven tools – including performance management, randomized control trials and results-driven contracting – to their most pressing challenges. A report released by the initiative earlier this year showcases progress that cities have made in areas from improving public safety to increasing vendor diversity in contracting.
The new cities will also join What Works Cities’ extensive learning network of local leaders and global experts actively sharing best practices for outcomes-focused government.
About What Works Cities:
What Works Cities, launched in April 2015, is the largest-ever philanthropic effort to enhance cities’ use of data and evidence. The initiative is providing technical assistance to 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2018. Cities around the country are receiving support, guidance and resources to succeed through a consortium of leading organizations assembled by Bloomberg Philanthropies: the Behavioral Insights Team, the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School, Results for America and the Sunlight Foundation. In 2016, What Works Cities was named by Forbes as “one of the ten most promising philanthropic bets” of the year and by Engaging Local Government Leaders as the “most important company operating in the local government arena.” In March 2017, the initiative launched What Works Cities Certification, the first-ever national standard for data-driven governance. The report “What Works Cities: How Local Governments Are Changing Lives,” released in June 2017, summarizes cities’ accomplishments with the initiative. For more information, visit www.whatworkscities.org.
About Results for America:
Results for America is helping decision-makers at all levels of government harness evidence and data to make progress on great challenges. The organization’s mission is to make investing in what works the “new normal” so that when policymakers make decisions, they start by seeking the best evidence and data available, then use what they find to get better results. For more information, visit www.results4america.org.
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