Data-Driven Cities

Data-Driven Cities

City leaders need good data to make good decisions. Powerful new tools give them more ways to collect and analyze data about city performance than ever before. At the same time, as countries implement landmark agreements like the Sustainable Development Goals, cities face new mandates to measure their progress and report results. Mayors, civil society, researchers and citizens are looking with fresh urgency for data on what’s working on the ground in cities.

  • How is the data revolution impacting cities? Scroll down to see all of Citiscope’s coverage.
  • In 2017, governments for the first time agreed to bolster data capacity at all levels. Check back here for updates as these plans are rolled out.
  • For background, see two commentaries on the global process to agree on “indicators” to gauge progress on sustainable urban development — here and here.
A scaled-back strategy for using big data to power local change.
Data is generally available to track local SDGs progress in the United States, report finds.
Gregory Scruggs September 12, 2017
Frameworks such as the New Urban Agenda bring with them a real risk of reducing citizens to providers of data, one academic warns.
Gregory Scruggs August 25, 2017
Effort looks at 100 cities in the United States with an eye to creating a methodology that can be used in other countries.
Gregory Scruggs August 24, 2017
The Gold Standard unveils a new certification for sustainable urban development.
Carey L. Biron July 11, 2017
This week, a six-month initiative brings together 30 global experts to look into how to create an “urban science-policy interface” for global sustainability.
“Widespread surveillance could lead to chilling effects on the behaviour of people in public spaces,” warns one advocate.
Brendon Bosworth June 8, 2017
“What we’re trying to do is normalize slum lanes,” said the head of the Addressing the Unaddressed.
Brendon Bosworth May 24, 2017
Most are doing well on a few targets, but worrying gaps are emerging. And some cities are in danger of backsliding.
Paula Lucci April 19, 2017
New lessons in open government from Paris.
Tatiana de Feraudy April 3, 2017
The city can’t focus on being “number one” without a robust framework for comparison, Dubai’s Aisha Miran says.
Brendon Bosworth March 28, 2017
Minna, the capital of Niger state, was an early adopter of an international standard on service delivery.
Brendon Bosworth March 21, 2017
A first-ever summit on cities and data this week adopted a declaration promoting “city data as the universal language”.
Brendon Bosworth March 10, 2017
The Investable Cities Index should be ready by the middle of the year.
Brendon Bosworth March 8, 2017
Data gaps. Capacity questions. A guide to the major issues cities are facing.
Brendon Bosworth March 7, 2017
An interview with Patricia McCarney of the World Council on City Data.
Carey L. Biron March 6, 2017
So far, SDGs monitoring relies solely on national-level statistics. But the push for more granular information will receive significant attention throughout this month.
Brendon Bosworth March 1, 2017
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