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February 7, 2018 – Currently, women represent only 25 percent of the data scientists in the public and private sectors. But as two women who lead What Works Cities — Michael Bloomberg’s investment to help 100 U.S. cities expand upon the data and evidence work he pioneered in New York City Hall — we can tell you that there is a growing number of women at the table. Here’s a quick look at some of the incredible work of just six of the many women who are leading the public-sector data revolution.

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January 31, 2018 – The City of Madison, Wisconsin has published 136 datasets on its open data website since its launch in 2012. After some initial projects with the local civic hacking community, however, this data has gone relatively unused by community groups. In 2016, Madison worked with Sunlight and the Johns Hopkins Center for Government Excellence to refine its open data governance as part of What Works Cities.

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January 29, 2018 – Madison, Wisconsin, recently made its open data site more user-friendly for city residents and staff alike. The refresh of its original site, built in 2012, turns what was a simple data repository into a robust open government resource. The effort was driven in part by Madison’s inclusion in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities, an initiative that is helping 100 midsize American cities amplify how they use data to refine services, engage residents, and better inform local decision-making.

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January 29, 2018 – What Works Cities Director of City Programs Zachary Markovits reflects on working with 100 cities in the U.S., explores the role of data in urban life, and shares lessons learned from three years of the What Works Cities initiative.

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January 26, 2018 – In late December 2017, Bellevue made data about the city’s growth available online. The new resources include a data table with more than 280,000 building permits, as well as maps that focus on specific types of permits such as single-family homes, noise exemption variances, and major projects. Permits aren’t the only new dataset the city has made public. The city recently made fire structural risk and traffic collision data available as well. All three datasets are closely connected, as the city’s development boom has implications for both fire safety and traffic.

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January 25, 2018 – Today, nine cities are being recognized for excellence in their use of data to make local government more effective, efficient and accountable. They are receiving Certification through What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative that helps American cities ingrain data collection, analysis and transparency into everything they do. This certification is designed to both provide a benchmark for cities to aspire to, and to recognize those cities who have already successfully aligned their practices and policies with a rigorous national standard for applying data and evidence to the work of local government.

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January 25, 2018 – Today we are excited to announce that we are part of the inaugural list of cities receiving the What Works Cities (WWC) Certification. We want to offer our congratulations to our many City partners who do this work day in and out and helped contribute to making San Francisco What Works Cities Certified: Controller’s Office and SF Scorecards, City Administrator, and our many department partners.

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January 25, 2018 – Earlier today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the nine inaugural cities to achieve What Works Cities Certification, the first national standard of excellence for data-driven local government. First and foremost to Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Louisville, New Orleans, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC, congratulations! Your certifications are a testament to your dedicated work making government services consistently and thoughtfully better and more transparent for the people you serve.

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January 25, 2018 – At Social Finance, we have learned a lot from our experience in launching the Pay for Success field. As we grow the model, we are increasingly focused on how the tools of Pay for Success can help governments design, fund, and manage effective social services, all with the goal of achieving better outcomes for people in our communities. That is why we’re excited about Bloomberg Philanthropies’ announcement of the inaugural cohort of nine cities to achieve What Works Cities Certification, a first-of-its-kind national standard of excellence in city governance.

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January 25, 2018 – When I became Mayor of Kansas City in 2011, residents were eager to see local government become more efficient, accountable, and responsive to their needs. They didn’t want rhetoric. They wanted facts. And they deserved to see progress. That’s why we started KCStat that December. It’s a data-driven strategy for improving city services. Our success with KCStat is just one of the reasons Kansas City was among the first to join Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative back in 2015. Today, I’m proud that Kansas City is among the first nine cities to receive a What Works Cities Certification.

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