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Launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015, What Works Cities is a national initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents. It is one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to improve local governments' data and evidence practices. The What Works cities are working with partner organizations on projects in the following categories: low-cost evaluations, open data, performance analytics, and results-driven contracting. Data-Smart City Solutions is working with What Works Cities to research and share lessons learned from the data work underway.

Below are the cities currently participating in What Works Cities. Learn more about applying here.

  • Albuquerque, NM
    • Albuquerque will improve open data practices and develop the capacity to conduct low-cost, real-time evaluations of their programs to improve results.
  • Anchorage, AK
    • Anchorage will enhance open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Arlington, TX
    • Arlington will upgrade its ability to manage and open data as part of a larger priority to improve the city by embracing new technologies.
  • Augusta, GA
    • Augusta will enhance open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Baltimore, MD
    • Baltimore will improve performance management programs to track progress toward priority goals.
  • Baton Rouge, LA
    • Baton Rouge will develop a data-driven framework to track progress in housing recovery efforts related to the August 2016 flooding in the state. The City will also engage community stakeholders while developing an open data policy and exploring opportunities for residents to use municipal data.
  • Bellevue, WA
    • Bellevue will establish and improve open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Birmingham, AL
    • Birmingham will improve open data practices in order to make municipal data more accessible and engage residents around government priorities and services.
  • Boise, ID
    • Boise will improve performance management programs to track progress toward priority goals.
  • Boston, MA
    • Boston will focus on structuring and managing contracts to deliver better results, bringing greater accountability to how public funds are spent.
  • Boulder, CO
    • Boulder will improve open data practices in order to make municipal data more accessible.
  • Buffalo, NY
    • Buffalo will enhance open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Cambridge, MA
    • Cambridge will establish and improve open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Cape Coral, FL
    • Cape Coral will establish open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Cary, NC
    • Cary will support the research and development of a citizen contact center by strengthening the collection and analysis of call data, and will also develop an open data policy.
  • Charleston, SC
    • Charleston will use performance analytics to improve housing affordability and results-driven contracting to improve outcomes in waste management agreements.
  • Chattanooga, TN
    • Chattanooga is embedding performance management in all departments, re-launched its Open Data Advisory Group & conducted a data inventory.
  • Charlotte, NC
    • Charlotte will establish and improve open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Corona, CA
    • Corona will improve performance management programs to track progress toward priority goals and shift contracting practices to focus on delivering better results.
  • Denton, TX
    • Denton will establish and improve open data practices and performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Denver, CO
    • Denver is developing the capacity to conduct low-cost evaluations of programs and enhancing its open data and performance management programs.
  • Des Moines, IA
    • Des Moines will improve open data practices and establish and improve performance management programs to improve results for residents.
  • Downey, CA
    • Downey will establish and improve performance management programs to track progress toward priority goals.
  • Durham, NC
    • Durham improve open data practices & performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Fayetteville, NC
    • Fayetteville will use performance analytics to improve stormwater management efforts, a priority for the City since the impact of Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
  • Fargo, ND
    • Fargo will improve open data practices & performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Fort Collins, CO
    • Fort Collins will focus on improving neighborhood livability and social health by better managing, sharing, and analyzing related data.
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • Fort Lauderdale will improve performance management programs and utilize open data to drive progress on its 'Fast Forward Fort Lauderdale 2035' vision.
  • Fort Worth, TX
    • Fort Worth will improve open data practices and establish and improve performance management programs to improve results for residents.
  • Gilbert, AZ
    • Gilbert will improve open data practices in order to make municipal data more accessible and engage residents around government priorities and services.
  • Glendale, AZ
    • Glendale will establish open data practices to make data more accessible to residents and community stakeholders.
  • Greensboro, NC
    • Greensboro will enhance open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Gresham, OR
    • Gresham will incorporate performance analytics into projects and low-cost evaluation into initiatives planning to drive better results for residents.
  • Hartford, CT
    • Hartford will improve performance management programs and develop the capacity to conduct low-cost, real-time evaluations to improve results for residents.
  • Hayward, CA
    • Hayward will upgrade its ability to manage and open data, with a focus on improving safety and quality of life by curbing illegal dumping.
  • Independence, MO
    • Independence is enhancing its open data practice and citywide performance management program.
  • Indianapolis, IN
    • Indianapolis will improve performance management programs to track progress toward priority goals and shift contracting practices to deliver better results.
  • Jackson, MS
    • Jackson created an open data policy, conducted its first data inventory of more than 100 datasets and launched JackStat, a performance management program.
  • Kansas City, MO
    • Kansas City enhanced its KCStat performance management program by embedding performance goals into City departments & connecting goals to the city's strategic objectives.
  • Kansas City, KS
    • Kansas City will improve open data practices & performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Knoxville, TN
    • Knoxville will improve open data practices and establish and improve performance management programs to improve results for residents.
  • Laredo, TX
    • Laredo will improve performance management programs to track progress toward priority goals.
  • Las Vegas, NV
    • Las Vegas will establish and improve open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Lewisville, TX
    • Lewisville will establish and improve open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Lexington, KY
    • Lexington will improve open data practices and performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Lincoln, NE
    • Lincoln will improve open data practices and establish and improve performance management programs to improve results for residents.
  • Little Rock, AR
    • Little Rock will establish and improve open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Louisville, KY
    • Louisville developed the capacity to conduct low-cost real time program evaluations & strengthened its open data practices.
  • Madison, WI
    • Madison will improve open data practices and establish and improve performance management programs to improve results for residents.
  • Memphis, TN
    • Memphis will develop a more robust open data policy, drawing on community feedback, to make the City's data more usable and accessible to the public.
  • Mesa, AZ
    • Mesa enacted its first Open Data policy, established an Open Data leadership board, conducted a data inventory and established a process for the release of data.
  • Miami, FL
    • Miami will improve performance management programs to track progress toward priority goals.
  • Milwaukee, WI
    • Milwaukee will establish and improve open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals. Joined WWC in March 2016.
  • Minneapolis, MN
    • Minneapolis will improve performance management programs to track progress toward priority goals.
  • Modesto, CA
    • Modesto will improve open data practices & performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Naperville, IL
    • Naperville will enhance open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Nashville, TN
    • Nashville will improve open data practices and establish and improve performance management programs to improve results for residents.
  • New Haven, CT
    • New Haven will enhance open data practices and shift contracting practices to focus on delivering better results.
  • New Orleans, LA
    • New Orleans passed an open data policy & used low-cost evaluations to improve police recruitment, address housing code compliance and increase health screenings.
  • Norfolk, VA
    • Norfolk will improve open data practices and performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Oklahoma City, OK
    • Oklahoma City will develop the capacity to conduct low-cost, real-time evaluations to improve results for residents.
  • Olathe, KS
    • Olathe will improve open data practices and establish and improve performance management programs to improve results for residents.
  • Orlando, FL
    • Orlando will improve performance management programs to track progress toward priority goals.
  • Portland, OR
    • Portland will improve open data practices, better performance management programs and develop the capacity to conduct low-cost, real-time evaluations.
  • Providence, RI
    • Providence will establish open data practices to make data more accessible to residents and community stakeholders.
  • Raleigh, NC
    • Raleigh will establish and improve open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    • Rancho Cucamonga will improve performance management programs to track progress toward priority goals.
  • Riverside, CA
    • Riverside will enhance open data practices & improve performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Salinas, CA
    • Salinas will establish open data practices to make data more accessible to residents and community stakeholders.
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    • Salt Lake City will improve open data practices and establish and improve performance management programs to improve results for residents.
  • San Francisco, CA
    • San Francisco will shift contracting practices to focus on structuring and managing contracts to deliver better results.
  • San Jose, CA
    • San Jose will develop the capacity to conduct low-cost real time evaluations of city programs to make adjustments and improve results and enhance open data practices.
  • Scottsdale, AZ
    • Scottsdale will improve open data practices & integrate low-cost evaluations into planning to drive better results for residents.
  • Seattle, WA
    • Seattle is implementing performance-based contracting for the city's homeless service providers to manage & structure contracts to deliver better results.
  • Sioux Falls, SD
    • Sioux Falls will strengthen open data practices, with a focus on enabling the city and residents to develop collaborative approaches to improving neighborhood services.
  • Saint Paul, MN
    • Saint Paul will shift contracting practices to focus on structuring and managing contracts to deliver better results.
  • South Bend, IN
    • South Bend will improve performance management programs and develop the capacity to conduct low-cost, real-time evaluations to improve results for residents.
  • Syracuse, NY
    • Syracuse will improve open data practices and establish and improve performance management programs to improve results for residents.
  • Tacoma, WA
    • Tacoma will establish and improve open data practices and performance management programs to make data more accessible & track progress toward priority goals.
  • Tempe, AZ
    • Tempe will improve open data practices & performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Topeka, KS
    • Topeka will improve open data practices & performance management programs to make data more accessible and track progress toward priority goals.
  • Tulsa, OK
    • With What Works Cities, the City of Tulsa restructured its engagement with the local coding and tech communities, amplifying the impact of the collaboration.
  • Tyler, TX
    • Tyler will improve open data practices in order to make municipal data more accessible and engage residents around government priorities and services.
  • Victorville, CA
    • Victorville will establish and improve open data practices to better share data with city managers and the public.
  • Virginia Beach, VA
    • Virginia Beach will improve open data practices establish and improve performance management programs to improve results for residents.
  • Waco, TX
    • Waco passed an open data policy and will establish a performance management program to track progress toward strategic goals.
  • Washington, D.C.
    • Washington, DC, will develop the capacity to conduct low-cost, real-time evaluations to improve results for residents.
  • West Palm Beach, FL
    • West Palm Beach will establish open data practices to make data more accessible to residents and community stakeholders.
  • Wichita, KS
    • Wichita will enhance open data practices, performance management & contract development processes to deliver better results for residents.
  • Winston-Salem, NC
    • Winston-Salem will apply data-driven tools to its six strategic focus areas, starting with making neighborhoods more livable. The City will also create an open data policy, and develop a performance management framework that empowers staff to make more data-informed decisions in all areas of city government.

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