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Rancho Cucamonga Selected to Join National What Works Cities Initiative

Rancho Cucamonga has been selected as one of three new cities to participate in the Bloomberg Philanthropies nationwide What Works Cities (WWC) initiative – one of the largest ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data in decision-making in the public sector. Through this partnership, Rancho Cucamonga will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build skillsets and systems to address local issues. The City’s project will focus on developing a process for collecting and analyzing data to help measure performance and aid in decision making, initially within the Westside landscape and lighting districts, with a goal to expand this practice city-wide.

With support from a consortium of expert partners, What Works cities are identifying more effective ways to evaluate programs and improve performance; best use resources to serve their communities; and address a range of social challenges – from public safety to affordable housing. Another key benefit is joining What Works Cities’ growing national network of local leaders and global experts actively sharing best practices for outcomes-focused government. The consortium of leading organizations assembled by Bloomberg Philanthropies includes the Behavioral Insights Team, the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School, Results for America and the Sunlight Foundation.

Through the What Works Cities initiative, Rancho Cucamonga will work with the Johns Hopkins Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) to establish and improve data collection and performance management practices in order to set, track and share progress toward priority goals, strengthen accountability and achieve better results. This project will focus initially on the City’s Westside landscape and lighting districts by setting key performance goals and collecting and analyzing data to ensure the City is making the right investments and operating as efficiently as possible within these districts. The ultimate goal is to develop a system for using data to drive decision-making and monitor performance that can be replicated city-wide.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies:

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars. For more information, please visitbloomberg.org.

About What Works Cities:

What Work Cities, launched in April 2015, is one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance cities' use of data and evidence. Through the initiative's expertpartners, which are providing technical assistance to 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2018, cities around the country are receiving support, guidance and resources to succeed. In 2016, What Works Cities was named by Forbes as "one of the ten most promising philanthropic bets" of the year and by Engaging Local Government Leaders as the "most important company operating in the local government arena." In March 2017, the initiative launched What Works Cities Certification, the first-ever national standard for data-driven governance. For more information, visitwhatworkscities.org.