By Debra Rainey
Which city recently won the gold for use of data to help improve the lives of its residents – and also happens to be your destination city for Upswell LA?
Yes, the City of Angels, Los Angeles, was the only city to receive a gold certification in January 2018 from Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities initiative, which rates how well cities incorporate data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making, and engage residents. The initiative is part of the Bloomberg American Cities Initiative, a $200 million suite of new and expanded investments intended to empower cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward.
Los Angeles bested 117 mid-sized cities that were judged in six categories, including data governance, open data, performance analytics, results-driven contracting, low-cost evaluations, and repurpose for results. Nine cities took the silver, including Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, DC, New Orleans, Seattle, Louisville, and Kansas City.
Debra Rainey is the manager of grants development at Independent Sector.