The City of Mendoza achieved important international recognition for the use of data

The City of Mendoza achieved important international recognition for the use of data
The City of Mendoza achieved important international recognition for the use of data

The standard of the What Works Cities Certification measures a city’s data usage based on 43 criteria. A locality that meets 51-67% of the 43 criteria is recognized with the level of Certification Silverbetween 68-84% Gold and from 85% onwards Platinum.

Since the launch of the program in 2017, 83 cities have achieved the distinction. In this opportunity, four cities in the United States and five in Latin America achieved certification for the first time. It’s about the City of Mendoza, Argentina; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Las Condes, Chile; Porto Alegre, Brazil; and San Pedro Garza García, Mexico, from Latin America, and Boise, Idaho; Dallas, Texas; Issaquah, Washington; and Sugar Land, Texas, in the North American country.

“The Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Certification community continues to grow, bringing together an extraordinary set of localities that are exemplary in using data to enrich their communities“, said Rochelle Haynes, CEO of What Works Cities Certification. “The program provides ongoing expertise for cities to elevate their efforts, as well as the opportunity to work alongside peers across the Americas, forging a future where data serves as the foundation to transform service delivery and achieve better outcomes,” he remarked.

What Works Cities Certification

The What Works Cities Certification program, launched in 2017 by Bloomberg Philanthropies and led by Results for America, is the first standard of excellence for well-managed, data-informed local governments. The program is open to any city in North, Central or South America with a population of 30,000 or more. What Works Cities Certification recognizes and celebrates local governments for their exceptional use of data to inform policy decisions, allocate funds, improve services, evaluate program effectiveness, and engage residents.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in 700 cities and 150 countries around the world to ensure a better quality of life for as many people as possible. The organization focuses on create lasting change in five key areas: the Arts, Education, the Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s giving, including his foundation, his corporate and personal philanthropy, as well as Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consultancy that advises cities around the world. In 2023, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $3 billion.

Results for America

Results for America Helps decision makers at all levels of government leverage evidence and data to advance bigger challenges. Their mission is to make investing in what works the “new normal,” so that when policymakers make decisions, they start by looking for the best evidence and data available, and then use what they find to get better results.

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