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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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