|Phoenix Achieves What Works Cities Certification at the Gold Level||https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/article/1991||Articles and Features||7/14/2021 7:00:00 PM||https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1991/Newsroom_Works_Gold.jpg||Phoenix Achieves What Works Cities Certification at the Gold Level||<div class="ExternalClassC968FD98FBE64037B88260E5D5AEB92E"><p style="text-align:center;">
<strong><em>Phoenix Recognized as
One of the Best American Cities at Using Data and Evidence to Improve Residents' Lives</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/piosite/MediaAssets/Phoenix%20-%20Facebook%20-%20gold.png" alt="Phoenix is a What Works Cities Gold Certified City" style="margin:5px;width:284px;height:242px;" /><br></p><p>Phoenix has achieved 2021
<a target="_blank" href="https://www.bloomberg.org/press/bloomberg-philanthropies-recognizes-16-u-s-cities-using-data-most-effectively-to-improve-residents-lives/">What Works Cities Certification</a>, the national standard of excellence in data-driven city governance. What Works Cities Certification evaluates how well cities are managed by measuring the extent to which city leaders incorporate data and evidence in their decision-making.<br><br>Phoenix has advanced to the Gold level (from the Silver level in 2020) as part of WWC's Certification program. What Works Cities is a national initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help cities use data and evidence more effectively to tackle their most pressing challenges.<br><br>"I'm proud that Phoenix has leveled up to earn the What Works Cities Gold certification, especially over the course of an incredibly challenging year in which city staff across departments had to pivot to meet new needs," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "A city government that uses data, evidence, and resident perspectives to drive decisions and creation of policies and programs is more impactful, and more meaningfully serves its community. This achievement speaks to the innovative, passionate public servants in Phoenix, and the continuous effort to better learn from and respond to the needs and ideas of our residents."<br><br>What Works Cities Certification assesses cities based on their
<a target="_blank" href="https://medium.com/what-works-cities-certification/what-works-cities-certification-assessment-guide-5c514f1dff1b">data-driven decision-making practices</a>, such as whether they are using data to set goals and track progress, allocate funding, evaluate the effectiveness of programs, and achieve desired outcomes from contracts with outside vendors. The program also measures whether cities are publicly and transparently communicating about their use of data and evidence.<br><br>Phoenix is among three previously certified cities to advance to the next level of Certification: Phoenix, AZ (Gold); Cambridge, MA (Gold); and Memphis, TN (Gold). Four cities renewed their certification this year: South Bend, IN (Silver); San Jose, CA (Silver); Tempe, AZ (Gold); and Topeka, KS (Silver).
<br>"Beginning in 2017, the What Works Cities Certification process has provided Phoenix a clear roadmap to enhance the strategic use of data and evidence across the organization. Leading with data has helped us to successfully navigate the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic," said City Manager Ed Zuercher. "This Certification is a great validation that we are operating at the highest level for the residents we serve."<br><br>The 16 new cities that achieved Certification this year include four cities at the Gold level (Austin, TX; Chattanooga, TN; Detroit, MI; and Gilbert, AZ) and 12 cities at the Silver level: Baton Rouge, LA; Bellevue, WA; Fort Collins, CO; Glendale, AZ; Irving, TX; Little Rock, AR; Madison, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Norfolk, VA; Portland, OR; San Antonio, TX; and Syracuse, NY.
<br>"City leaders are using data to understand and support the needs of residents like never before," said Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder of Results for America, the lead partner in the What Works Cities initiative. "Throughout the COVID crisis and a historic reckoning with racial injustice, mayors have relied on data to identify and narrow racial gaps, and to make smarter investments that increase opportunity for all their residents. These cities are testing new solutions and measuring what works, rebuilding trust in government by engaging with their residents, and using evidence and data to drive faster progress on their toughest challenges."<br><br>Jennifer Park, founding director of What Works Cities Certification, shared, "Since Certification was first introduced, cities have made tremendous progress in their ability to build the data capacity and skills needed to drive their decision-making with data and evidence. This year, cities used data and evidence to guide their response to COVID, address budget shortfalls, reimagine public safety, advance equity, and much more. Data wasn't just a valuable tool for city leaders—it was a necessity."<br><br>What Works Cities Certification was developed by a team of experts from Results for America in close consultation with the <a target="_blank" href="https://medium.com/what-works-cities-certification/meet-the-what-works-cities-certification-standard-committee-524ed1394c74">What Works Cities Certification Standard Committee</a>. To evaluate cities, these experts conducted a rigorous validation process of cities' Certification assessments and participated in site visits to the highest-performing cities to determine the city's Certification level.<br><br>The program has inspired a movement of cities that are doubling down on their commitment to building the most well-managed local governments possible and using Certification as a roadmap for doing so. More than 200 cities have completed a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4620807/NEW-2018-Certification-Application">Certification assessment</a> to have their practices benchmarked against the national standard. The assessment is the first step to receiving exclusive support from What Works Cities to continue building a more effective local government. To learn more about the program and how to participate, visit <a target="_blank" href="https://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/certification/">https://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/certification</a>.<br></p></div>||News||article||Communications Office||Article||Michael Hammett, Int. Deputy Communications Dir.||firstname.lastname@example.org||https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/89/Michael_Hammett.jpg||cityofphoenixaz||Phoenix has advanced to the Gold level (from the Silver level in 2020).|