11 New Cities to Work with GovEx via What Works Cities Initiative

Eleven cities have made the commitment to better use data and evidence in their decision making by working with GovEx through the What Works Cities initiative.

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Cape Coral, Florida
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Gresham, Oregon
  • Kansas City, Kansas
  • Naperville, Illinois
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Topeka, Kansas
  • Wichita, Kansas

With the addition of these new cities, 39 cities in 25 states are now part of the initiative. As What Works Cities, they receive technical assistance and join a network of fellow city leaders who are sharing best practices and advancing each other’s work.

“These city leaders are committed to utilizing data to make better decisions, engage residents and hold themselves accountable,” said James Anderson, the head of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation program. “Bloomberg Philanthropies is excited to support these cities and help them to achieve their ambitions.”

The initiative collaborates with participating municipalities to review their current use of data and evidence, understand where they are utilizing best practices, and identify areas for growth. Through its expert partners, including GovEx, the initiative develops customized approaches to help cities expand their use of data and evidence. For example:

GovEx will partner with to establish and improve open data practices making cities’ data more accessible to city staff and the public, engage residents, and increase transparency and accountability in:

  • Buffalo, NY;
  • Cape Coral, FL
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Naperville, IL
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Topeka, KS
  • Wichita, KS

In addition, GovEx will establish and improve performance management programs to set, track, and share progress toward city priorities, strengthen accountability, and achieve better results in:

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Cape Coral, FL
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Gresham, OR
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Naperville, IL
  • Topeka, KS
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Wichita, KS