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May 19, 2017 - In a new case study from Toggle Magazine, Naperville's IT Director Jeff Anderson discusses how a new mobile app is using data to save lives, Naperville's plans to launch an open data portal in conjunction with What Works Cities this summer, and other ways that technology is helping the city find opportunities to innovate.

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May 17, 2017 - On Wednesday, May 3rd, Portland City Council enthusiastically adopted an Open Data Ordinance to establish an Open Data Policy and Open Data Program in the City of Portland, culminating an effort that began with the passage of Resolution No. 36735 in 2009 declaring Portland’s commitment to Open Data. Advancing an Open Data policy for the City of Portland has been part of the City’s partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, which helps cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve residents’ lives.

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May 17, 2017 - In the latest edition of the Town of Gilbert's Government Gone Digital podcast, Chief Digital Officer Dana Berchman and Data and Technology Analyst Derek Konofalski are joined by What Works Cities Senior Manager Molly Daniell to discuss the origins of the initiative, the importance of utilizing data and evidence in mid-sized cities, and the diversity of projects the five What Works Cities partner organizations are helping cities implement across the U.S.

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May 16, 2017 - Open data is about more than releasing data for outside use. For Tempe, it’s about creating a data-driven culture by changing the ways that we think about and use data inside of government. In February 2017, Tempe launched its open data program. Working with the Sunlight Foundation through the What Works Cities initiative, we started developing an open data policy that defines the city’s objectives and the key staff positions needed to run the program. We are now asking for feedback on our draft policy from residents and subject matter experts.

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May 16, 2017 - The City of Tempe is looking for your opinion about its proposed open data policy. Through May 31, people are encouraged to provide their feedback on the policy. Read and comment on the policy here. Tempe’s draft policy stresses that information is open by default, meaning the city strives to provide free, accessible data that is available anytime. Tempe is one of 100 cities across the nation partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative. What Works Cities is a combined effort of world-class partner organizations providing free expert technical assistance.

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May 16, 2017 - In implementing behaviorally informed interventions known as "nudges" to improve program outcomes, the city of Louisville has followed an important precept: You have to learn to walk before you can run. Mayor Greg Fischer has demonstrated a consistent commitment to implementing data-driven tools that improve Louisville's responsiveness and efficiency. The city recently partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities initiative, which helps cities across the U.S. use data and evidence to improve policy and program outcomes through technical assistance from expert organizations.

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May 16, 2017 - In the past year, Washington, D.C. has dramatically increased its efforts to use low-cost evaluations in policymaking. Boosted by commitments to data-driven decision making from the Mayor and City Administrator, the city launched The Lab @ DC last year. The Lab brings diverse scientific skillsets in house to enable the city to use low-cost interventions and other research methods throughout its operations. Support from the Behavioral Insights Team through What Works Cities this year will facilitate additional projects.

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May 15, 2017 - Since joining Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2010, Anderson has devised and led ambitious programs that have channeled more than $215 million to urban projects reaching 290 cities across 25 countries. They include the Mayors Challenge, which awards cash prizes to metro areas with the most forward-looking and potentially replicable plans to improve city life, and What Works Cities, which provides smaller cities with data-driven ways to improve services and planning.

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May 10, 2017

What Works Cities Blog Post: How a Citizen Satisfaction Survey Led to an $800 Million Bond to Fix Kansas City’s Infrastructure

After residents shared low levels of satisfaction in Kansas City’s aging infrastructure, the City proposed an $800 million repair plan. Residents backed it with their votes and their tax dollars, a testament to the trust the City has built through community engagement.

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May 6, 2017 - A quick look at news stories this week featuring Bloomberg Cities’ programs and partners, including a spotlight on the future of autonomous vehicles, a new open data policy in the City of Boulder, and how the Innovation Team is helping build communities from Mobile, Alabama to Tel Aviv, Israel.

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