Minneapolis selected to join national What Works Cities initiative

City commits to making government more effective using data and evidence

The City of Minneapolis was selected with nine other cities to join Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, one of the largest philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the announcement at the second annual What Works Cities Summit in New York City. The City will receive technical assistance from experts to build capacity to address local issues and make government more effective.

With support from a consortium of experts, cities participating in the initiative are identifying more effective ways to evaluate programs and improve performance, best use resources to serve their communities, and address a range of social challenges from poverty and inequality to public safety. Another key benefit is joining What Works Cities’ growing national network of local leaders and global experts actively sharing best practices for outcome-focused government.

The City of Minneapolis will embark on two projects with What Works Cities. One focused on advancing Minneapolis’s ability to deliver results for residents by refining its Results Minneapolis program to meet current city needs, strengthening its performance analytics systems and processes. The second project will work to improve the efficiency of services and outcomes for residents by adopting results-driven contracting strategies and other best practices for key procurements.

Minneapolis joins Augusta, Georgia; Corona, California; Gilbert, Arizona; Indianapolis; Lewisville, Texas; Miami; Orlando, Florida; Tyler, Texas; and Washington D.C. in committing to using data and evidence better to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents. Seventy-seven U.S. cities participate in the What Works Cities initiative, representing 36 states, more than 25 million residents and annual budgets exceeding $90 billion. The initiative, launched in 2015, is nearing its goal of 100 participating cities and will continue to partner with cities throughout 2018 to reach the goal.

For more information on What Works Cities, visit whatworkscities.org.