By Data-Smart City Solutions • January 24, 2020

The Behavioral Insights Team: Increasing Economic Mobility In US Cities

This blog post highlights the nine city programs that Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ballmer Group chose to support through their 2019 economic mobility initiative. The nine cities will address issues around workforce development, housing, and education. The Bloomberg What Works Cities Behavioral Insights team will be supporting the programs with data and evidence-based strategies. 


State Scoop: San Mateo, Calif., Wants Its New Emissions Dashboard To Spark Public Conversation

San Mateo is the first county to use the Environmental Insight Explorer tool on a regional level, to show the carbon emissions created by the county’s vehicles and buildings. Users can see how changes in fossil-fuel consumption could affect pollution, and policy makers can model different emissions with changes like solar panels. The dashboard aims to bring data into the climate change conversation without partisanship. 


GovTech: Predictive Analytics ID Youth Risk Factors, Improve Outcomes

Fairfax County (Virginia) Health and Human Services is partnering with George Mason University’s Mason DataLab on the Data Analytics for Youth Risk and Protective Factors project, which will use data analytics to identify factors that correlate with either positive or risky behaviors. Identifying these factors will help create a predictive model that can help stakeholders support the physical and mental health of county youth. 


Smart Cities Dive: NYC's Roofs Are Getting A Sustainable Makeover

New York City is getting smart about roof space, following the city’s 2019 Climate Mobilization Act. Data shows that “greening” roof space will reduce urban heat and restore biodiversity, while solar roofs can help NYC reach its clean energy goals. Additionally, the new sustainability policies are expected to add more than 800 jobs annually.


Wired: Making Public Transit Fairer to Women Demands Way More Data

Decades of research shows that current public transit models are not suitable, or safe, for women’s transit needs. While many transportation departments don’t collect gender-specific data, this article outlines various ways that cities are trying to gather data on women’s transit use and experience. With this data, transit departments can improve public transit for not just women, but all users.