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Portland Earns What Works Cities Silver Certification

Portland has been awarded silver level certification from What Works Cities, a national recognition program for excellence in data-driver local governance.

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Open data: A key component for 21st century digital services

The City of Portland has implemented open data since 2009. Our latest progress in open data facilitates collaboration and building digital services for a 21st century organization. Six open data principles can guide City bureaus to implement their own open data strategies. 

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Know Your WWC Criteria: Evaluations and Behavioral Insights

What Works Cities certification provides a national standard for management of local governments using data and evidence. In this blog series, we highlight WWC certification criteria and what the City of Portland is doing to achieve them.

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Staff Spotlight: Addressing the Digital Divide

We asked Christine Kendrick, Denise López and Elisabeth Perez to talk about their work addressing the digital divide during the COVID pandemic, using a $5 million CARES Act grant to provide internet access, devices, and digital literacy skills to the community.

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Staff Spotlight: Using Behavioral Insights and Evaluation

We asked Lindsey Maser and Renata Tirta to share how they’ve used behavioral insights and evaluation in their work and why they think it’s important.

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Results from October 2020 Survey

What Works Portland Citywide Survey Results from October on how bureaus determine whether to enter into or continue a contract. 

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Know Your WWC Criteria: Making Data Publicly Accessible

What Works Cities certification provides a national standard for management of local governments using data and evidence. In this blog series, we highlight WWC certification criteria and what the City of Portland is doing to achieve them.

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Know Your WWC Criteria: Setting Measurable Citywide Goals

What Works Cities certification provides a national standard for management of local governments using data and evidence. In this blog series, we highlight WWC certification criteria and what the City of Portland is doing to achieve them.

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Summary of results from the surveys in the What Works Portland newsletter.

What Works Portland Survey Results

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Know Your WWC Criteria: Using Performance Data in Contracting

What Works Cities certification provides a national standard for management of local governments using data and evidence. In this blog series, we highlight WWC certification criteria and what the City of Portland is doing to achieve them.

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Portland Recognized for What Works Cities Honor Roll

The City of Portland is one of four cities that has recently been named to the 2020 What Works Cities Certification Honor Roll. This national recognition demonstrates Portland’s progress in becoming a city that advances the use of data to better serve members of our community.

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Know Your WWC Criteria: Data Analysis for Decision-Making

What Works Cities certification provides a national standard for management of local governments using data and evidence. In this blog series, we highlight WWC certification criteria and what the City of Portland is doing to achieve them.

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2019 Certification Report

Portland first applied for What Works Cities certification in 2019, achieving 33% of the 45 certification criteria.

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GATR Sessions Put Emphasis on Performance Management

One focus of Portland's participation in What Works Cities has been the enhancement of its Citywide Performance Management program. Government Accountability, Transparency, and Results (GATR) sessions put the focus on performance Citywide.

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Reporting on our Progress - 2018 Final Report

At the close of the first phase of the What Works Cities project in 2018, WWC helped the City of Portland assess our progress in the areas of open data, performance management, behavioral insights, results-driven contracting, and process improvement.

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Portland Joins What Works Cities Initiative

Portland joined the What Works Cities initiative in 2016, gaining a new partner in its work to create better community outcomes through use of data and evidence.

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Know Your WWC Criteria: Citywide Training

What Works Cities certification provides a national standard for management of local governments using data and evidence. In this blog series, we highlight WWC certification criteria and what the City of Portland is doing to achieve them.

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