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July 19, 2018 - The City of Corona has taken another major step forward in its vision to be a leader of local government transparency and data-driven operations. The City’s new open data dashboard, called “Corona Open Performance,” provides citizens with a wealth of information and data sets at the click of a button geared towards improving efficiency, effective service delivery and community engagement. he Corona Open Performance project was developed through the City’s participation in What Works Cities, a national initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015.

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July 18, 2018 - Through Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities initiative, Louisville received technical assistance from the Harvard Kennedy School's Government Performance Lab to pilot a strategic procurement system. Such systems can help cities prioritize critical contracts as well as more effectively structure, evaluate and manage them.

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July 12, 2018 - The city of Lewisville has a new, upgraded online performance dashboard system that allows users a better view of how the city performs in various service areas. The creation and implementation of the performance dashboard is partially a result of the city’s participation in the “What Works Cities” initiative, created by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help city governments make better use of data.

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July 10, 2018 - At Results for America, we believe deeply in the power of evidence and data to transform the way governments improve outcomes for children, families and communities. Today, we are proud to release our first-ever 2018 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence, which highlights how governors and state agency leaders — in red states and blue states — are using data and evidence to get better results for their residents.

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July 9, 2018 - If you’re a Chief Data Officer or city open data champion, new open data projects are a big commitment and it can be difficult to predict open data’s impact in your community. But putting in leg work to understand community needs before launching an open data project can help you design for your stakeholders’ specific needs and use cases for open data. That’s why Sunlight’s Open Cities team has developed these interactive tools for local government staff or data providers looking to ground-truth their open data projects in community needs.

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July 9, 2018 - The city of Seattle, Wash, has been changing the way they deal with homeless populations, and gathering data to drive some evidenced-based solutions. Seattle’s Human Services Department was sent a fellow, Christina Grover-Roybal, overseen by the Harvard’s Government Performance Lab as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Initiative, to study the inner workings and challenges of the city’s homeless services.

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July 3, 2018 - Two Innovation & Technology staff from the City of Boston joined ELGL to talk about their work. Laura Melle is the Sr. Procurement Lead and Stefanie Costa Leabo is the Interim Chief Data Officer - both shared how they are using their positions to be a resource for city departments.They discussed how Boston is doing procurement differently (including more RFPs), how they are using data to make decisions, and how What Works Cities helped them do those things.

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June 29, 2018 - Cities can find themselves at the mercy of companies pitching everything from shiny new apps to, in the case of Amazon, a shiny second headquarters. “Toronto got excited, people in the city are demanding this new city, and the city has, a little bit, lost control of the conversation,” says Simone Brody, executive director of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities. “This isn’t just a Google-Toronto problem. It’s an Uber problem. It’s an autonomous vehicle problem. Cities haven’t figured out how to take the power back.”

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June 29, 2018 - In the June 2018 issue of the What Works Cities newsletter, we're highlighting a Q&A with five civil servants we sent to the Code for America Summit, Simone Brody's fireside chat with Sidewalks Lab CEO Dan Doctoroff at the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, and two Fast Company features on our work in Anchorage and Saint Paul.

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June 26, 2018 - When I ran for mayor in 2010, I pledged to make metro government more transparent. And nearly eight years later, my team and I are more committed than ever to increasing the openness and transparency of government, and using data to pinpoint any weaknesses and correct them. Our record on transparency and open data has earned us national recognition, including, for example, being included in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities honorees.

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