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October 19, 2017 - This report sets out the latest findings from the Behavioural Insights Team and its global partners - including Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities initiative - between September 2016 and August 2017.

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October 17, 2017 - In this contributed op-ed, Elspeth Kirkman - head of Behavioral Insights Team, North America (BIT) - explores how the work of 2017 Nobel laureate Richard Thaler offers valuable insights for local governments, and the ways in which BIT is collaborating with What Works Cities to act on these learnings and address local issues through applied behavioral science.

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October 12, 2017 - The City of Seattle has made tackling homelessness a key priority, and critical to this effort has been taking a strategic approach to procurement. Working with the Harvard Kennedy School's Government Performance Lab through the What Works Cities initiative, Seattle's Human Services Department dramatically reformed its contracting for homeless services by consolidating contracts, establishing metrics and tracking results, and adopting active contract management.

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October 6, 2017 - Washington, D.C., has announced it will lead the East Coast expansion of Startup in Residence (STIR), a program that originated in San Francisco that produces digital solutions to civic challenges through collaborations between startups and city departments. The city is already a devoted tech proponent with smart city efforts underway through its participation in U.S. Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities program and through its open data projects as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities initiative.

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October 6, 2017 - Memphis CIO Mike Rodriguez, who began working for the city about two months ago, says that enhancing the city’s open data efforts has become a priority in the early days of his tenure, building on work that was underway when he arrived. Memphis is collaborating on these efforts with the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan group that advocates for more transparent government, as part of its involvement in What Works Cities, an initiative designed to assist mid-sized American cities in developing data projects that improve life for residents.

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October 5, 2017 - Leaders in Cary’s government have talked about being a Smart City in the past. A new initiative Cary is joining will follow those principles as Cary aims to better use its data to accomplish tasks and address concerns. Cary officially joined the What Works Cities initiative late last month, together with more than 90 other municipalities nationwide including many in North Carolina such as Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro.

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October 5, 2017 - The City of Boulder has rolled out a new online tool to help measure and explain the city’s progress toward data-driven goals. The city is working with an external partner, What Works Cities, to incorporate practices learned by cities around the country and also improve on those in a way that’s most valuable to the Boulder community.

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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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October 2, 2017 - The Town of Cary was selected to join the What Works Cities’ extensive learning network of local leaders and global experts actively sharing best practices for outcomes-focused government. Earlier this year, Council Members Bush and Robinson participated with staff on an all-day workshop to evaluate Cary’s possible participation. Through the workshop and subsequent work, Cary’s participation will focus on the research and development of a citizen content center by strengthening the collection and analysis of call data as well as develop an open data policy.

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