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March 18, 2019 - As more local governments embrace data and digital innovation, you might imagine that tech companies would be jumping in as true thought partners. After all, such “smart city” partnerships can help make government more efficient, reduce inequities, and grow local economies, in turn driving markets and making cities better places to do business. But too many tech companies continue to view cities as obstacles to growing their consumer base, rather than vital partners in helping entire communities succeed.

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March 11, 2019 - Nearly all governments share budget information online, but the extent to which they share varies. They increasingly are moving beyond uploading static PDF versions of financial statements and lists of revenues and expenses. Simone Brody, executive director of What Works Cities — a four-year-old Bloomberg Philanthropies data-driven initiative — said governments should use online tools as part of a larger plan that includes meeting people where they are and creating bite-size ways for residents to engage with financial data, which is what Los Angeles does.

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February 25, 2019 - Today Denise Riedl, the City of South Bend’s Chief Innovation Officer, announced that the Department of Innovation and Technology will release a new Transparency and Performance section on the City’s website. The City has been utilizing its current performance management structure since early 2017, when they implemented the program with support from the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University. The technical support was received as part of the City’s participation in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative.

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February 22, 2019 - Getting people to change their actions en masse doesn’t have to cost government much money or even take very much effort. The Behavioural Insights Team, which led projects in 31 countries last year, has helped government agencies increase the rate that people pay their bills by redesigning the physical letters that instruct on what is owed and how to pay, used text messages to improve student course completion rates, and tapped into prescription drug data to convince doctors to be more judicious about which patients get medications.

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February 21, 2019 - Hawaii's capital city has launched a new performance dashboard, fittingly dubbed “Honolulu Dashboard.” The city announced the new platform this week with a press release, describing it as “a quick and easy way to review progress on key city services and issues.” Honolulu has been beta testing a version of the dashboard since December, which the city noted has given its staff the opportunity to solicit and learn from user input.

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February 19, 2019 - Today, the city launched Honolulu Dashboard, a quick and easy way to review progress on key city services and issues. A beta test version of the dashboard has been online since December, providing the opportunity for city staff to offer input and feedback. Honolulu Dashboard is the result of the city’s collaboration with What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative that helps cities use data and evidence to tackle their most pressing challenges and improve residents’ lives. Honolulu worked with What Works Cities partner the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University to improve practices in data governance.

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February 5, 2019 - Miami would probably never borrow any of Denver’s winter weather. But city government officials from the Magic City in Southern Florida did borrow ideas from a program in Denver to help train and educate its employees on process improvement and becoming more innovative and digitally-savvy. Inspired by Denver’s Peak Academy, Miami created the Miami Innovation Academy, a 2.5-day intensive, hands-on process improvement training program for city employees. Also this year, the city will be tackling data with a Data Academy via a partnership with Bloomberg’s What Works Cities/GovEX.

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January 29, 2019 - As an early adopter of open data, the City of Madison recognized a set of challenges that are not uncommon to cities today: how do we gain traction within city agencies to identify data assets, publicly share those data assets, and increase utilization of the open data portal? Our engagement with the Sunlight Foundation through the What Works Cities initiative offered a prime opportunity to address these challenges.

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January 25, 2019 - Miguel Sangalang, Deputy Mayor for Budget & Innovation, and Amanda Daflos, Innovation Team Director, joined GovLove to talk about their work at the City of Los Angeles, California. They discussed earning the top level of the What Works Cities Certification and how they are pairing budget with innovation. They also shared why they think data is important and how the City uses data to make decisions.

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January 3, 2019 - What Works Cities, which was launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2015 to help local governments benefit from data-driven decision-making, has launched a new program called What Works Cities Sprints. The sprints are essentially an opportunity to work with What Works Cities’ long list of partners and its network of peer cities on improving foundational data practices. They last between two and eight weeks, and each one is tied to one of What Work Cities’ certification criteria, which include areas of achievement in everything from data governance to stakeholder engagement.

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