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Know Your WWC Criteria: Citywide Training

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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.

General Management Criterion 8: Data Training

One of the WWC criteria is General Management Criterion 8: Your local government provides access to trainings for all local government staff on how to use data and evidence to make decisions.

A blue banner across the top of this infographic reads "Certification Criteria" and shows the What Works Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies logos. Icons arranged in two rows read "Data Governance," "Evaluations," "Performance & Analytics," "Open Data," "General Management," "Repurposing," "Results-Driven Contracting," and "Stakeholder Engagement."

Access to and management of data are important foundations of city management; adding a training component helps develop skilled practitioners who can make effective use of data. Cities approach training in a variety of ways, from offering in-house training to connecting with local educational institutions to forming communities of practice. Some cities have developed entire training institutes, including San Francisco's Data Academy and Denver's Peak Academy.

Portland’s WWC project team is working to enhance training offerings available to City staff, to help you sharpen your skills for collecting, analyzing, and communicating about data. Learn more on the Data Training Opportunities page.

What training opportunities would you love to see the City offer? Take our 2-question survey to let us know!