On Thursday 18 September, Centre for Cities and the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth hosted Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland for a roundtable discussion on evidence-based policy-making and using data to improve city governance.
In his tenure as Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007, Governor O’Malley introduced the signature CitiStat, an urban policy evaluation tool for tracking and monitoring urban programmes, from criminal investigation to potholes. CitiStat is inspired by CompStat, the organisational management tool used by the New York Police Department. Citistat won Governor O’Malley the Innovations in American Government award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and 18 cities in the USA now govern through CitiStat.
The session provided an opportunity to share insights from Governor O’Malley’s experiences and expertise as well as to discuss experiences from UK policy-making. This note provides a summary of the discussion on the day.