The first step toward achieving Certification is completing an online self-Assessment. This Assessment includes more than 40 criteria, organized around eight foundational practice areas, which define the fundamentals of data-driven governance.
After completing the Assessment, cities immediately join their peers in the Certification Community. This community equips city leaders and staff with the skills they need to achieve Certification, grow their data practices and improve outcomes for residents. Certification Community members participate in a unique space to solve challenges and share successes with innovative, data-driven peers working to build data capacity in their cities. This includes exclusive access to expert coaching, resources, a community forum and more.