In April, Beth Blauer of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence was selected to lead What Works Cities, a new $42 million, three-year initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The initiative seeks to help 100 mid-sized cities build out their data capabilities.
Ms. Blauer previously led Maryland’s StateStat effort under then-governor Martin O’Malley, who brought his CitiStat initiative from Baltimore to the Statehouse. The work of the Johns Hopkins University team could eventually inform parallel federal agency efforts under the Government Performance and Results Act.
On May 18th, Ms. Blauer visited The Performance Institute’s Training Center to speak to more than 30 jurisdictions at PI’s quarterly Mid Atlantic StatNet event. She thanked PI for our work with local governments throughout the country and for our leadership role in advancing performance management for improved results. Ms. Blauer has agreed to work closely with The Performance Institute moving forward as What Works Cities begins selecting jurisdictions that will receive funding to better understand and utilize performance data.
This article was written in follow up to GovExec’s recent article: Driving Results in Cities Could Influence Federal Performance Efforts