The City of Portland has recently been nationally recognized for achieving the 2020 What Works Cities Certification Honor Roll, showing Portland’s progress in becoming a more responsive and data-informed city. What Works Cities Certification evaluates how effectively cities are managed by measuring how city leaders incorporate data and evidence in their decision-making against a national standard of excellence.
Out of 200 U.S. cities that have completed a What Works Cities Assessment to date, only 24 cities have met the national standard in achieving Certification. Portland is among four cities that have been recognized this year on the Certification Honor Roll as being on the path to Certification.
To achieve the Honor Roll designation, Portland had to demonstrate measurable progress on foundational data practices, including data governance, evaluation, performance analytics, and results-driven contracting, among others. These practices represent our city’s commitment to advancing how data is used to better serve members of the Portland community.
What Works Cities Certification is inspiring a movement of cities that are doubling down on their commitment to building a more effective, more efficient, and more equitable local government that works for its residents, and using Certification as a roadmap for doing so. All City employees can access data training through What Works Portland – click on the link to learn more!