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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes so firmly in the promise of open data that his foundation is putting up $42 million to help cities along, stating “the possibilities for how cities can use that data to improve lives—and improve the way services are provided to citizens—are limitless.”

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April 22, 2015

CityLab: 3 Cities Using Open Data in Creative Ways to Solve Problems

By Tanvi Misra - On the heels of Bloomberg's $42 million open data initiative, here's a few programs already boosting civic reform.


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With the goal of helping midsize cities with between a hundred thousand and a million people solve problems and improve services for residents, the initiative will provide local leaders with technical assistance, expertise, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities designed to help them incorporate data into their budget, operational, and policy decision making; conduct low-cost, real-time assessments that enable them to continually improve their services; and focus funding on approaches that deliver results for citizens.

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April 21, 2015

GOVTECH: Bloomberg's 'What Works Cities' Initiative Targets 100 Mid-Sized Metros

By Colin Wood - “The criteria are pretty broad,” [said Jim Anderson, head of Government Innovation Programs for Bloomberg Philanthropies]. “We’re looking for cities that have leaders that are committed to using data to improve results for residents. We’re looking for cities that are data pros and data novices alike. There’s something here for any city that wants to go deeper and build on existing efforts.”

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MAYOR OF THE WORLD-- MIKE BLOOMBERG on HuffPo, “Why I’m Betting on Cities and Data”: “Bloomberg Philanthropies is launching a new national program called What Works Cities. It is the most comprehensive effort yet to help city leaders use data and evidence in their decision-making to improve the lives of residents. The $42 million program will do that by offering technical support and guidance to cities who want to do more with data.”

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April 20, 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches $42 Million “What Works Cities” Initiative

NEW YORK – Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the What Works Cities initiative, a $42 million program to help 100 mayors and local leaders use data and evidence to engage the public, make government more effective and improve people’s lives. What Works Cities is the most comprehensive initiative to help city halls use data and evidence effectively. U.S. cities with populations between 100,000 and 1 million people are invited to apply.

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By Jim Tankersley – Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable arm of former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg…will announce on Monday that it is spending $42 million to create the What Works Cities Initiative, which is aimed at helping 100 mid-size cities make better use of data and evidence in their policymaking.

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April 20, 2015

Johns Hopkins Partners with Bloomberg Philanthropies on Effort to Promote Effective Use of Data and Evidence within Local Government

BALTIMORE, MD - Former New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg has committed funds to launch a new Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University.  Experts at the center will provide coaching and tools to build capacity in 100 city halls for decision-making rooted in evidence, open accountability and citizen engagement.

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WASHINGTON, DC – “With Bloomberg Philanthropies investment in What Works Cities, the national movement to use data and evidence to solve government challenges has just been elevated to a new level,” said Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder of Results for America. "This investment will give a critical-mass of mayors the tools and expertise they need to use data and evidence to increase public confidence in their local governments and improve lives. It is exciting for Results for America, and all of the partners who have been working on this agenda, to be part of this extraordinary commitment.”

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