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January 25, 2018 - Today we are excited to announce that we are part of the inaugural list of cities receiving the What Works Cities (WWC) Certification. We want to offer our congratulations to our many City partners who do this work day in and out and helped contribute to making San Francisco What Works Cities Certified: Controller’s Office and SF Scorecards, City Administrator, and our many department partners.

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January 25, 2018 - Earlier today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the nine inaugural cities to achieve What Works Cities Certification, the first national standard of excellence for data-driven local government. First and foremost to Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Louisville, New Orleans, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC, congratulations! Your certifications are a testament to your dedicated work making government services consistently and thoughtfully better and more transparent for the people you serve.

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January 25, 2018 - At Social Finance, we have learned a lot from our experience in launching the Pay for Success field. As we grow the model, we are increasingly focused on how the tools of Pay for Success can help governments design, fund, and manage effective social services, all with the goal of achieving better outcomes for people in our communities. That is why we’re excited about Bloomberg Philanthropies’ announcement of the inaugural cohort of nine cities to achieve What Works Cities Certification, a first-of-its-kind national standard of excellence in city governance.

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January 25, 2018 - When I became Mayor of Kansas City in 2011, residents were eager to see local government become more efficient, accountable, and responsive to their needs. They didn’t want rhetoric. They wanted facts. And they deserved to see progress. That’s why we started KCStat that December. It’s a data-driven strategy for improving city services. Our success with KCStat is just one of the reasons Kansas City was among the first to join Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative back in 2015. Today, I’m proud that Kansas City is among the first nine cities to receive a What Works Cities Certification.

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November 22, 2017 - Thinking of a specific person who will use open data (and why) can help cities share that data in ways that are more useful and ultimately increase the social impact of open data. Sunlight facilitated a workshop on “Designing for Community Use” last week at the What Works Cities on Tour meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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November 7, 2017 - Last month, Richard Thaler was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his contributions to the field of behavioral economics. While much of the coverage focused on his pioneering research integrating insights from psychology about the limits of human rationality to economics, cities across the globe are reaping the benefits of the behavioral science revolution. With the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, What Works Cities, and the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) teamed up to implement behavioral science techniques in a variety of contexts. Several cities decided to use this opportunity to focus on improving the collection of overdue bills.

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October 30, 2017 - Centre for Public Impact North America Director Dan Vogel sat down with Results for America co-founders Michele Jolin and David Medina to discuss evidence-based decision-making, and how their partnership with What Works Cities is equipping policymakers with the tools necessary to improve outcomes for residents.

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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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August 24, 2017 - Back in March, Durham had just been selected to participate in What Works Cities, with a focus on using city and county data to improve processes within government agencies. As part of that effort, Durham started working with Sunlight’s Open Cities team in May of this year to make their open data as accessible as possible.

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