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November 15, 2018 - A trio of philanthropies — the Ballmer Group, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies — have agreed to invest $12 million in an economic mobility project designed to help cities establish approaches to solving inequality. The project will lend advisers from one of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ civic tech initiatives, What Works Cities, to ten cities facing problems with economic mobility.

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November 6, 2018 - LouieStat and changing culture. Daro Mott, the Chief of Performance Improvement for the City of Louisville, Kentucky, joined the podcast to talk about their use of data and focus on process improvement. Daro described Louisville’s particular focus on professional development and training employees to change culture. He also shared his path into local government and their work to earn the What Works Cities Certification.

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October 28, 2018 - In the October 2018 issue of the What Works Cities newsletter, we're highlighting an appearance from WWC Executive Director Simone Brody, WWC Senior Fellow Michael Nutter, and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh at the Bloomberg Municipal Bond Forum, WWC Director of City Solutions Clarence Wardell's presentation on scaling solutions at the Heartland Summit, and Government Performance Lab program director Hanna Azemati's feature in GOVERNING on performance-based contracting.

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October 25, 2018 - The City of Charleston is proud to announce the launch of a new online, data-driven performance management hub focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of City services. The hub was created as part of Charleston’s participation in What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies-launched initiative that helps cities use data and evidence to tackle their most pressing challenges and improves residents’ lives.

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October 19, 2018 - Good government for the people. Jenny Reed the Director of the Office of Budget & Performance Management for the City of Washington, DC joined the podcast to talk about how they use evaluation and performance management. She shared the work of the Lab @ DC, how they want to make a more data driven budget process and their use of low cost evaluations. Jenny also shared the process of earning the What Works Cities Certification and how that process helped her office and the City improve.

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September 28, 2018 - In the September 2018 issue of the What Works Cities newsletter, we're highlighting WWC Senior Fellow and former Mayor of Albuquerque Richard Berry's piece in GOVERNING, WWC's inclusion in GovTech's roundup of organizations making a big impact on smart cities, Los Angeles' Kiana Taheri's inclusion as a finalist for the Route Fifty Navigator Awards, and two new resources from our partners: GovEx's Ethics & Algorithms Toolkit and the Sunlight Foundation's Open Data Policy Hub.

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September 21, 2018 - Three people from the City of Kansas City, Missouri joined the podcast to talk about how KCMO uses data to inform their decision making and how they hold themselves accountable to achieving their strategic plan. Kate Bender, Deputy Performance Officer, Bo McCall, Performance Analyst, and Chris Hernandez, Communications Director, shared the story of KC Stat, a monthly data and performance meeting. They also explained how the What Works Cities Certification helped them and what they learned from going through that process.

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September 19, 2018 - The US Centre for Government Excellence (GovEx), DataSF, the Civic Analytics Network and Data Community DC have introduced an algorithm toolkit that aims to help municipal leaders ensure that decisions made based on algorithms are unbiased and deliver the best outcomes for residents. GovEx provides technical assistance and training to cities in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative which seeks to help local governments use data and evidence effectively to tackle the most pressing challenges and improve residents’ lives.

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September 17, 2018 - During Chief Data Officer Joy Bonaguro's time leading DataSF, the team delivered in many ways. Here are just some highlights: What Works Cities Certification. Bloomberg’s What Works Cities initiative certified San Francisco for good use of data this past year. The City was one of 9 cities to receive the certification. In the 2 technical assistance categories representing much of our portfolio, Open Data and Data Governance, the City received perfect marks. The materials we’ve posted related to those topics have been copied and re-used the world over.

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September 17, 2018 - Today, the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx), part of Johns Hopkins University, DataSF, part of the City and County of San Francisco, the Civic Analytics Network (Harvard University) and Data Community DC, announced the release of a first-of-its-kind algorithm toolkit that will help local leaders ensure that decisions made based on algorithms are unbiased and deliver the best outcomes for residents. GovEx provides technical assistance and training to cities in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, which helps local governments across the country use data and evidence effectively to tackle the most pressing challenges and improve residents’ lives.

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