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Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities (WWC), a $42 million program to foster data analytics in cities, has added Athens, Georgia; Chula Vista, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Gainesville, Florida; and Palmdale, California to its growing list of participants.
The cities' entry into the program, which began in 2015, will supply digital expertise to start data analytics projects designed to improve city services and guide leaders in decision making. With the addition of the localities, Bloomberg Philanthropies is within striking distance of its goal to enroll 100 mid-sized cities by 2018. With the new additions, WWC now has 95 cities on its roster, representing more than 29 million people in 37 states.
Simone Brody, the executive director of WWC campaign management group Results for America, said the new localities will begin evaluating their services and applying evidence-based tactics and strategies. The work will be driven by WWC data teams who will help with performance analytics to measure the effectiveness of services, data management, randomized control trials and results-driven contracting.
“Moving the needle on city challenges requires knowing what to measure and how — then acting on what you find,” Brody said in a statement. “By teaching cities how to put data at the core of their decision-making, we’re equipping them with the tools to best solve local challenges and serve their communities.”
According to WWC, the data projects to be led by the new cities are: