Using evidence-based policymaking to improve city governance

A note outlining a discussion roundtable held with Governor Martin O'Malley on evidence-based policymaking.

Briefing published on 25 September 2014 by Centre for Cities

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.


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