City Profile: Syracuse, NY

Sharing Data

What Works Cities
Jun 23, 2017 · 2 min read
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Syracuse has recently been working with What Works Cities to pass a formal open data policy, while also galvanizing community interest in its municipal data by cultivating contacts with local nonprofits and other community stakeholders. These local organizations now meet regularly to discuss the data they need for their own projects. For example, the Community Foundation wants data on housing code violations, the age of housing stock, and similar information to inform its giving around the amelioration of lead paint.

Sam Edelstein, Chief Data Officer, says the City’s data can help pinpoint specific blocks within census tracts, making it possible to target very specific areas within Syracuse’s impoverished neighborhoods with information, including vacant houses, the location of crimes, and code violations. Says Edelstein:

“We’re all constantly working on ways to resolve issues, and we’re interested in outcomes and metrics. The nonprofits want to track the returns on grants they make, and they’ve indicated that having more consistent, updated access to data would be helpful to narrow down where they may want to make grants. The data get us all on the same page. We can’t solve poverty, but we might be able to fix specific problems on specific streets.”


The above profile is an excerpt from “What Works Cities: How Local Governments Are Changing Lives,” a new report showcasing accomplishments from cities participating in the What Works Cities initiative over the past two years. Read more profiles and city success stories here.

How Local Governments Are Changing Lives

Across the country, What Works cities are drawing on data…

What Works Cities

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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.

How Local Governments Are Changing Lives

Across the country, What Works cities are drawing on data to make better decisions that enhance local government effectiveness and improve residents’ lives. Check out some of their biggest wins in these stories from our new report. Full report here: http://bit.ly/2tJVtoC.

What Works Cities

Written by

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

How Local Governments Are Changing Lives

Across the country, What Works cities are drawing on data to make better decisions that enhance local government effectiveness and improve residents’ lives. Check out some of their biggest wins in these stories from our new report. Full report here: http://bit.ly/2tJVtoC.

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