Cities and Economic Mobility: What It Takes to Jumpstart Progress

How nine cities designed projects to boost economic mobility and evaluate their effectiveness

What Works Cities
Jul 31, 2020 · 9 min read

How did each city land on a particular intervention to boost economic mobility?

Broadly speaking, what did the design process look like for interventions?

BIT’s methodology (“TESTS”) for applying behavioral insights to policy challenges and running behavioral insights projects. Image courtesy of BIT.

What role did data play in designing an intervention? Was there a specific type of data a city needed to develop a project in say, early childhood education?

What role did user feedback play in design?

What does the evaluation process look like for these projects?

What advice would you give to cities that want to stand up interventions on their own? How should they get started?

Can you share any major lessons learned thus far from the initiative?

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected this workaround economic mobility?

What Works Cities Economic Mobility Initiative

Launched in April 2019, the What Works Cities Economic…

What Works Cities Economic Mobility Initiative

Launched in April 2019, the What Works Cities Economic Mobility Initiative supports cities as they develop, pilot, and measure the success of programs that are designed to accelerate economic mobility for residents.

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Helping leading cities across the U.S. use data and evidence to improve results for their residents. Launched by @BloombergDotOrg in April 2015.

What Works Cities Economic Mobility Initiative

Launched in April 2019, the What Works Cities Economic Mobility Initiative supports cities as they develop, pilot, and measure the success of programs that are designed to accelerate economic mobility for residents.