You asked and they answered. The DataKC team at Kansas City, Missouri is at the heart of data-driven decision making. Their work is often reviewed by cities trying to decide what is possible when it comes to data and innovation and now they’re giving us the scoop.
Communities have historically struggled to answer a basic but existential question: Are we becoming a better place for all citizens to live, work, and play?
After four months of research at mySidewalk—including in-depth interviews, workflow mapping, and design sprints with dozens of city leaders and analysts—it’s clear that smart cities will take a new approach to not only answer that question, but to ensure it’s a yes.
As city budgets continue to shrink, the pressure to be more efficient and purposeful with resources is ever mounting—and residents expect transparency around how city funds are used. Providing proof that positive changes emerge from money spent has never been more crucial. Increasingly, cities are forming performance management departments to track performance metrics and guide the betterment of city governments.
mySidewalk studied performance metrics used by 20 mid-size cities to uncover the most common performance measures; 4 categories emerged as metrics that are universally vital to tracking city progress.