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November 22, 2017 – Thinking of a specific person who will use open data (and why) can help cities share that data in ways that are more useful and ultimately increase the social impact of open data. Sunlight facilitated a workshop on “Designing for Community Use” last week at the What Works Cities on Tour meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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November 7, 2017 – Last month, Richard Thaler was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his contributions to the field of behavioral economics. While much of the coverage focused on his pioneering research integrating insights from psychology about the limits of human rationality to economics, cities across the globe are reaping the benefits of the behavioral science revolution. With the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, What Works Cities, and the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) teamed up to implement behavioral science techniques in a variety of contexts. Several cities decided to use this opportunity to focus on improving the collection of overdue bills.

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October 30, 2017 – Centre for Public Impact North America Director Dan Vogel sat down with Results for America co-founders Michele Jolin and David Medina to discuss evidence-based decision-making, and how their partnership with What Works Cities is equipping policymakers with the tools necessary to improve outcomes for residents.

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October 5, 2017 – In this Medium post, former Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter discusses the obstacles facing many cities as they look to upgrade their infrastructure systems, how networks like What Works Cities are helping overcome them, and his new role as Senior Advisor to The Atlas Marketplace, a company dedicated to helping cities and companies connect to solve our nation’s most urgent infrastructure problems.

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October 5, 2017 – In this Medium post, Joe Lonsdale, founding partner at OpenGov and San Francisco-based venture capital fund 8VC, discusses evolving models for philanthropic giving, the emerging role of for-profit companies, and how non-profits like What Works Cities can leverage private partners to extend their impact.

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August 24, 2017 – Back in March, Durham had just been selected to participate in What Works Cities, with a focus on using city and county data to improve processes within government agencies. As part of that effort, Durham started working with Sunlight’s Open Cities team in May of this year to make their open data as accessible as possible.

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August 8, 2017 – Police departments across the country are looking for innovative ways to strengthen ties to the communities they serve, and many are hoping to boost the sagging number of police academy applications. Chattanooga, Tenn., and San José, Calif. – both members of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative – have partnered with The Behavioral Insights Team (BIT), a government unit dedicated to behavioral science, to address both challenges by transforming their outreach and recruitment strategy.

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July 20, 2017 – Five years ago, Dana Berchman began her work in Gilbert, Arizona as the first Chief Digital Officer. And now we’re thrilled to be expanding our digital efforts and community outreach even further by engaging with What Works Cities to create and launch an open data portal that will give our citizens, businesses and staff access to data that will help to solve problems and make decisions as Gilbert continues to grow.

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July 11, 2017 – A growing number of city leaders have started taking cues from psychology to better understand why people make certain choices and then how to influence them toward behavior that increases city efficiency and helps leaders better meet residents’ needs. What Works Cities is partnering with the Behavioral Insights Team specifically help local governments communicate better with residents. Leaders in Denver, San José, and New Orleans have used this insight to get pay city taxes online (Denver), stop dumping waste in public spaces (San José), and make a doctor’s appointment (New Orleans).

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June 1, 2017 – On Wednesday, the city and county of Durham, NC posted their open data policy for public comment online using the OpenGov Foundation’s online drafting platform, Madison. Like many of the local governments Sunlight has worked with in the What Works Cities initiative, Durham is using the revision of its open data policy as an opportunity to solicit feedback directly from the public, technical experts, as well as those with local knowledge.

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