By Data-Smart City Solutions • April 24, 2015

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Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the What Works Cities initiative, a $42 million program to help 100 mid-sized cities better use data and evidence to engage the public, improve services, evaluate progress, and fund “what works.”

As an enabler of partnerships that power public sector innovation, government investments in civic technology can bring together government and civil society for more efficacious and equitable governance, a recent Brookings post explains.

While optimal traffic automation may be ahead, in the mean time, technologists are developing ways to nudge drivers into better routes with real time information using Internet of Things technology, the Guardian reports.

Aiming to change the way citizens interact with municipal departments, Tel Aviv launched DigiTel, a “one-stop shop” that puts all the services provided by the municipality into a single place. The project combines “e-government” basics such as online bill payment with mobile apps and social media, Citiscope reports.

Cincinnati launched Open Data Cincinnati, an initiative that encourages citizens to develop creative tools that serve and improve the community using city-created data sets, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Philadelphia launched analytics.phila.gov, a public, near-real-time dashboard that tracks traffic to the City of Philadelphia’s web properties. As the City’s first attempt to capture a “big picture” website report card, the application is based on an open source project developed by 18F in conjunction with the Digital Analytics Program, both housed in the General Services Administration.

Long Beach officials partnered with the civic tech group Code for America to create AddressIQ, a Web app that combines fire, police and business licensing data to reduce calls from 911 super-users, Government Technology magazine reports.

As municipalities expand their communications to include social media, the law has not kept pace with the new technology. Cities are considering what counts as public record on social media,  the South Jersey Times reports.

New from our team:

Here on Data-Smart City Solutions, Jennifer Baxter, Lisa Robinson, and James Hammitt examine retrospective benefit-cost analysis in a new white paper published as part of our Regulatory Reform for the 21st Century project.

Writing for his Better, Faster, Cheaper column in Governing magazine, Stephen Goldsmith examines the key characteristics of a successful innovation team director. In another BFC column, Goldsmith takes a look at the implications and promise of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ new What Works Cities initiative.