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April 30, 2018 - In this episode of the Data Points Podcast, Eric Reese speaks with Stephen Larrick, Open Cities Director at Sunlight, to learn more about a new technique they've piloted with cities - Tactical Data Engagement.

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April 27, 2018 - In the April 2018 issue of the What Works Cities newsletter, we're celebrating three years of the What Works Cities initiative! Across the partnership, we couldn't be more inspired by and grateful for the cities and practitioners we get to work with.

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April 19, 2018 - Yesterday we hosted “Fresh ideas for supporting community use of open data,” an interactive workshop with open data professionals from across the country about how to help residents from all walks of life find, understand, and use publicly available data. If you weren’t able to join us yesterday — or if you did join and want a recap of the discussion — check out all the tips, resources, events, and projects that were shared throughout the course of the event.

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April 19, 2018 - While you shouldn’t be in the weeds on data work or talking about it constantly – you do need to signal that it matters. A couple of ways to do this include: Weave it into your talking points (e.g. this analysis told us that or I would like to make that decision after I see more data); Prioritize getting What Works Cities Certified (or some equivalent framework) for assessing your organizational practices around data use. This will essentially give you a to-do list for your jurisdiction. This is a strong internal signal that you care about managing and using data.

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April 19, 2018 - After adopting an open data policy last October, the City of Arlington established a Data Governance and Innovation Team tasked with increasing access to valuable data by both city employees and the community. Arlington is one of nearly 100 cities partnering with the What Works Cities initiative, which aims to improve the effectiveness of local governments by enhancing their use of data to help determine priorities, allocate resources and tackle challenges facing the community and to increase public transparency.

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April 18, 2018 - Contracts are often a linchpin to successful cities. Despite this, cities tend to neglect the procurement function and take the path of least resistance to contracting, which is rarely the optimal route. As part of Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities initiative, the Harvard Kennedy School's Government Performance Lab (GPL) has been helping 26 U.S. cities transform how they partner with the private sector by applying a strategic lens to planning, structuring and managing at least one of their highest-priority procurements.

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Cape Coral was, along with many other mid-sized Florida cities, hit particularly hard by the real-estate bust and Great Recession. In a cash-strapped environment, the Mayor made a commitment to using data and evidence to meet city goals. What Works Cities experts worked with city staff to understand how open data fit into operations and to establish a plan for a future open data effort.

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April 16, 2018 - GovEx's Moses Pounds explains how he worked with the City of Baltimore to identify the correct key performance indicators to improve their performance management infrastructure.

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April 13, 2018 - The City-Parish of Baton Rouge, Louisiana wants to make sure residents know about new open datasets as soon as they’re available. Baton Rouge began publishing open data in 2015 when it launched Open Data BR. The city-parish solidified its commitment to the effort in December 2017 by passing its first open data policy — Sunlight is proud to have worked with Baton Rouge in creating this policy, as part of What Works Cities.

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April 12, 2018 - This week, Assistant City Manager Brent Stockwell walks us through the Scottsdale’s experience with What Works Cities Certification.

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