‘Business as Usual Can Be the Riskiest Procurement Approach’

Top insights about procurement and contracting from the What Works Cities Summit.

Route Fifty’s 1st Roadshow Stop Is in Denver

Join us on April 18, where we’ll explore the DNA of good governance with Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Largest Body-Camera Supplier Is Giving Police Free AI to Analyze Crime Footage

The CEO of Taser International, now renamed Axon, says these connected systems would allow police to spend more time doing their jobs, rather than paperwork

A Data-Driven Governance Test for Seattle: Transforming Homeless Services

Two years ago, the Emerald City was among the first to be named to the What Works Cities program and chose to focus on human-services contracting reform. What can other cities learn from Seattle’s experience?

What Works Cities Launches New Certification Program for Municipal Data Practices

As the footprint of the WWC network grows, “other cities will want to copy the cities that do well,” according to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In Los Angeles, All Data Is Sustainability Data

L.A.’s holistic open performance approach is driven by its chief data officer’s desire to build a truly “smart city” that integrates data from all sectors in real time for faster and more intelligent decisionmaking.

Follow the Data Trail: Using Analytics to Defeat Fraud

Why taxpayers are still paying entitlement benefits to dead people—and other fraudsters.

Route Fifty Special Report: The Health Data Equation

We’re featuring three stories of state and local governments using data to deliver critical health services, make better decisions and improve their communities in the process.

The Challenges of ‘Data Science for Social Good’ in a New Era of ‘Alternative Facts’

What can policy professionals do to combat misinformation and confusion that sows the seeds of distrust in their important work?

Download Our New Ebook: Challenges and Opportunities for Data-Driven Local Governments

Included are stories about the use of data in the governments of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; Syracuse, New York; and New Orleans.

As Child Welfare Agencies Turn to Data Analytics ‘We Have to Be Really Careful’

Some see a promising way to keep kids safe from abuse and neglect using big data. But worries persist about bias against poor and minority families.

How Analytics Are Saving Kentucky Money on Snow and Ice

Knowing which snow plow and salt spreader routes to take and how much material to use could save the state millions of dollars.

How Apps Can Prompt Police Departments to Release More Stats

In trying to answer questions about U.S. crime using open data, app developers on the online analytics platform Foxtrot Code are requiring even more transparency from city officials.

How One Arizona County Is Making Sense of Heat-Related Illness

Using analytics software to comb data, health officials expected to find seniors most often overheating during the summer months. They were wrong.

Georgia Dept. of Corrections Converts to Intelligence-Led Policing of Inmates

After an FBI investigation revealed trouble within the ranks of prison officers, a new software suite was purchased to catch contraband connections.

Mapping Changed This County's Approach to Behavioral Health

San Bernardino County once thought consumers avoided services because of the stigma attached.

Boston's ‘Situational Awareness’ on the Fourth of July

The city has modified a map-based, GIS tool to help it coordinate all public safety operations during the large-scale event and beyond.

Counties Use Smart Mapping Technology to Stay Ahead of Zika

Zika-transmitting mosquitos can breed in a teaspoon of standing water. Data-rich maps and GIS software allow counties to stay one step ahead.

Chicago’s New Civic Tech Collaboration: Better E. Coli Risk Predictions

Volunteers are helping the Chicago Park District figure out whether there are better analytics models for water contamination hazards at Lake Michigan beaches.