Performance Measurement

Can Well-Being Define What Government Does?

One of the most important questions a local-government official can ask is "why?" Government typically does today what it did yesterday. But what if l...

Civic Engagement

Boosting Engagement by Gamifying Government

Developing public-sector initiatives that engage people — whether they are public employees or residents — involves even more than radically changing...

Civic Data

What a Digital City Hall Could Be

Anyone with a smartphone knows that even the coolest-looking app will go unused if it fails to meet the user's needs. The same is true for a newly lau...

Civic Engagement

6 Traits of Productive Hackathons

When people think of hackathons, they likely imagine a dimly lit room full of young coders armed with energy drinks and high-powered laptops frantical...

What Works Cities

Data-Savvy Budget Cuts to Save Jobs in Jackson

Last year, Jackson, Mississippi faced a challenge familiar to many cities: a need to make significant budget cuts while trying to preserve jobs and ma...

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