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For Gainesville, Florida, being a citizen-centered city is a priority. Mayor Lauren Poe and City Manager Anthony Lyons have created opportunities to collaborate with residents when developing innovations and determining how the City sets its goals. However, the City’s ability to use data to measure its progress on meeting these goals was limited. As the City began to relaunch a strategic planning process, Mayor Poe and City Manager Lyons asked What Works Cities to work alongside their team to help improve the City’s use of data and evidence to evaluate the community model priority.

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Oklahoma City leadership has remained committed to transforming the City, particularly downtown, over the last 20 years and is committed to using data and evidence to improve service delivery. However, one of the biggest challenges for leadership has been keeping up with the increased demand for services in the wake of narrowing revenue streams. Former Mayor Mick Cornett asked What Works Cities to help the City enhance its use of data and evidence and its procurement processes to ensure the best outcomes for the infrastructure projects.

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As the City of Olathe, Kansas, has grown, so has its interest in using data to improve services provided to residents. To expand such efforts, Mayor Michael Copeland and City Manager Michael Wilkes asked What Works Cities to work with Olathe to improve data transparency and the use of performance measures, specifically regarding transportation.

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The City of Long Beach has a history of leveraging new and innovative ways of improving the lives of their residents, the success of their businesses, and the outcomes of their youth and education institutions. To elevate this priority and raise the profile of data-oriented work in the City, Mayor Garcia and City Manager West asked What Works Cities to help Long Beach upgrade its data management and performance analytics practices in order to provide better support for current and prospective local businesses.

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In August 2016, Tempe City Council approved a revised strategic framework focused on better using metrics to track five priority areas and restructuring small parts of the city government to best meet those needs. To help supplement this work, Mayor Mark Mitchell and the City Council asked What Works Cities to provide support that would enhance the City’s performance management and make municipal data more consumable and scalable for agencies and residents.

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June 6, 2018 - The Sunlight Foundation hosted a webinar on open contracting with their partners from the Open Contracting Partnership, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab (GPL), and the City of Glendale, Arizona. The webinar discussion included a general overview of open contracting, tips for how to do it well, and how Sunlight and GPL worked with the City of Glendale to make their contracting more open, as part of What Works Cities.

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May 29, 2018 - In this episode of the Data Points Podcast, Sharon Paley and Tiffany Davis take a deep dive into the innovative and data-driven approach which Grand Rapids, Michigan is taking to meet this complex issue head on. Over the past six months, GovEx, through What Works Cities, has been supporting Grand Rapids’ efforts to increase racial equity by improving data management practices and bringing data and evidence into the decision-making process.

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May 25, 2018 - This guide is the product of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research collaborative composed of University of Maryland, Morgan State University, the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University, and University of Baltimore. Since October 2017, these research institutions have worked together to determine how data and technology can meet the needs of residents in West Baltimore communities. This guide captures the experience of these partners in Baltimore and other cities around the country in laying the foundation for a Smart Cities project that meets the needs of residents and improves city service delivery.

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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 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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