City innovators gather for annual What Works Cities Summit

Attendees at the What Works Cities Summit 2016 in New York City.

This week 350 city leaders and front-line data and evidence practitioners hit New York City as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2nd annual What Works Cities Summit, where they’ll learn from experts and share their experiences in using data to improve governance and achieve better results for residents.

Launched two years ago, What Works Cities is a national initiative to help 100 mid-sized U.S. cities. On March 28, the initiative will announce the newest 10 cities to join, for a total of 77 participating cities, representing 25 million residents. This week’s summit brings together representatives from those cities, including:

Chattanooga, Tenn., where the city has applied behavioral insights in its outreach to increase diversity in police department applicants.

Seattle, where performance-based contracting is helping the city address the challenge of finding permanent housing for its large homeless population.

Jackson, Miss., where enhanced use of data and a new performance-management program has improved government efficiency and saved city funds, engaged residents in determining local priorities, and helped cut the hiring time for new city employees in half.

But these are, of course, just a few examples of WWC progress and success stories, more of which we’ll be discussing here on Medium, on Twitter, and on Instagram (#WWCSummit17) throughout this week’s summit.

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