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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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May 30, 2018 - The movement to modernize government technology has been focused on the delivery of government services using modern technology and best practices. But that is only half the solution; now we must also learn to drive policy and operations around delivery and users, and complete the feedback circuit. Only then can we effectively achieve the goals government policies intend.

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May 23, 2018 - Mike Bloomberg today announced an additional $42 million investment in the What Works Cities program to enhance cities’ use of data and evidence to improve resident outcomes and address the most pressing local issues. With news of this new investment, Bloomberg Cities spoke with Simone Brody, Executive Director of What Works Cities, about the successes of the initiative’s first three years and what’s in store for the years ahead.

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February 7, 2018 - Currently, women represent only 25 percent of the data scientists in the public and private sectors. But as two women who lead What Works Cities — Michael Bloomberg’s investment to help 100 U.S. cities expand upon the data and evidence work he pioneered in New York City Hall — we can tell you that there is a growing number of women at the table. Here’s a quick look at some of the incredible work of just six of the many women who are leading the public-sector data revolution.

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January 31, 2018 - The City of Madison, Wisconsin has published 136 datasets on its open data website since its launch in 2012. After some initial projects with the local civic hacking community, however, this data has gone relatively unused by community groups. In 2016, Madison worked with Sunlight and the Johns Hopkins Center for Government Excellence to refine its open data governance as part of What Works Cities.

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January 29, 2018 - Madison, Wisconsin, recently made its open data site more user-friendly for city residents and staff alike. The refresh of its original site, built in 2012, turns what was a simple data repository into a robust open government resource. The effort was driven in part by Madison’s inclusion in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities, an initiative that is helping 100 midsize American cities amplify how they use data to refine services, engage residents, and better inform local decision-making.

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January 29, 2018 - What Works Cities Director of City Programs Zachary Markovits reflects on working with 100 cities in the U.S., explores the role of data in urban life, and shares lessons learned from three years of the What Works Cities initiative.

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January 26, 2018 - In late December 2017, Bellevue made data about the city’s growth available online. The new resources include a data table with more than 280,000 building permits, as well as maps that focus on specific types of permits such as single-family homes, noise exemption variances, and major projects. Permits aren’t the only new dataset the city has made public. The city recently made fire structural risk and traffic collision data available as well. All three datasets are closely connected, as the city’s development boom has implications for both fire safety and traffic.

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January 25, 2018 - Today, nine cities are being recognized for excellence in their use of data to make local government more effective, efficient and accountable. They are receiving Certification through What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative that helps American cities ingrain data collection, analysis and transparency into everything they do. This certification is designed to both provide a benchmark for cities to aspire to, and to recognize those cities who have already successfully aligned their practices and policies with a rigorous national standard for applying data and evidence to the work of local government.

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