Friday, January 27, 2017

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City of Boise Selected for Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities Initiative

Today Mayor David Bieter announced that the City of Boise has been selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative – one of the largest-ever national philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in public sector decision-making.

The City of Boise will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build capacity to address local issues. Using data and past projects like the 2015 LIV Report, the city will develop a set of livability indictors to guide the work and track progress. The project will establish and improve performance management programs to set, track and share progress toward priority goals, strengthen accountability and achieve better results. A specific focus on public safety metrics will provide an opportunity to test the framework to ensure that it is usable and accessible. The Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, a What Works Cities partner, will guide the city in these efforts.

“Data can be a powerful tool for helping to improve the services our residents receive from the City of Boise,” said Mayor Bieter. “We are very excited to have the experts from What Works Cities helping us to develop best practices that take the City of Boise’s performance to the next level.”

With the City of Boise’s selection, the What Works Cities initiative is now partnering with 60 mid-sized U.S. cities. All together, these cities come from 34 states, represent over 20 million residents and have annual budgets exceeding $66 billion. The initiative will partner with 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2018.

“City leaders around the nation are using data to make better decisions, engage their citizens and hold themselves accountable,” said James Anderson, the head of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation program. “We have an outstanding and diverse group of cities participating in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, and we look forward to welcoming more to the program in the year ahead.”

With support from a consortium of expert partners, What Works Cities 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 outcomes-focused government.

The consortium of leading organizations assembled by Bloomberg Philanthropies and delivering a program of support to cities includes the Behavioral Insights Team, the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School, Results for America and the Sunlight Foundation.


About Bloomberg Philanthropies:

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars. For more information, please visit

To receive updates on the What Works Cities initiative, please visit