Data-Smart City Solutions


Stephen Goldsmith

Data Visualization

How Government’s Data Can Be Truly Useable

In honor of the recent Open Data Day, here's what might seem a counterintuitive suggestion: Let's stop celebrating open data. Why? A little history:...

What Works Cities

Incentivizing Excellence in Boston Through Results-Driven Contracting

Boston, Massachusetts has a robust open data, performance, and analytics program, so when the opportunity to engage with What Works Cities experts aro...

What Works Cities

How Kansas City’s Data Inventory Led to Better Open Data

Kansas City, Missouri’s comprehensive data inventory shows the importance of clear internal structures and processes to a successful, sustainable open...

What Works Cities

Privacy and Public Engagement in Seattle’s Open Data Policy

The City of Seattle, Washington was one of the first U.S. cities to pursue open data, creating the first iteration of its open data portal in 2010 und...

What Works Cities

Achieving Accountability in South Bend Through Strategic Goals

The City of South Bend’s notable ability to set strategic goals has improved city government in a major way: helping Mayor Pete Buttigieg deliver on c...

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About the Project Director

Stephen Goldsmith

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. His latest book is The Responsive City.