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The City of Portland, Oregon

City Budget Office

What Works Cities

  • Workshop with the Behavioral Insights Team

  • Presenting to Council

  • Our progress

Launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015, What Works Cities is a national initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents. Portland is one of the latest cities to join this growing national movement to make local government more effective by identifying and investing in what works.

Learn more about the What Works Cities initiative, including the other mid-sized cities across the country that are joining the movement.

The City Budget Office and Bureau of Planning and Sustainability are coordinating this effort on behalf of the City of Portland. Learn more about what we’re doing, who we’re partnering with, and what we’re learning along the way.


Meet our technical partners and find out more about their work across the country.


Our work focuses on open data, performance management, and low-cost evaluations.


Final report that highlights accomplishments across the City