Mayor Jeff Longwell on Monday announced that Wichita has been selected as 1 of 12 new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector.
Launched in April 2015, the initiative is now providing support to 39 cities in 25 states and will work with up to 100 mid-sized cities on a rolling basis through 2018. Wichita is one of the newest cities to join a rapidly growing movement among City Halls whose leaders are making a public commitment to enhancing their cities’ use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents.
What Works Cities collaborates with participating municipalities to review their current use of data and evidence, to understand where they are utilizing best practices and to identify growth areas. Wichita will work with What Works Cities expert partners to expand the city’s use of data and evidence. Specific goals include establishing and improving open data practices in order to make the city’s data more accessible to the public, engage residents around government priorities and services, and increase transparency.
For further reading and to learn which other cities joined along with Wichita, visit the article on the Wichita municipal webpage here.