Data-Driven Budgeting to Further Social Outcomes Sprint

Starts:  Feb 21, 2023 02:00 PM (ET)
Ends:  Apr 18, 2023 02:00 PM (ET)

*This course will be primarily facilitated in English, with interpretation into Spanish and Portuguese.

For many local governments, budgeting in ways that enhance and achieve social outcomes requires building a budget from the ground up — funding goals, measuring results, including input from multiple voices, and developing a new approach to integrating data. This Sprint will teach participants to use quantitative and qualitative data and strategies to align budget and financial processes (i.e., expenditures, strategic investments, revenue) with strategic priorities that also lead to stronger social outcomes for residents. Cities will learn and test global best practices in budgeting to achieve strong equity and social outcomes, and emerging practices that enable them to integrate values across various domains of financial decision-making.

By the conclusion of the sprint, participants will emerge with a concrete plan that they create to enhance how they make financial decisions in ways that produce stronger social or equity outcomes in their cities and achieve certification, while also advancing strong fiscal health in alignment

This is an eight week sprint, repeated every Tuesday, with the second to last week (11/29) off to complete the sprint assignment.

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About What Works Cities

This learning opportunity and more are available to staff in cities that have completed our online self-Assessment for What Works Cities Certification. The What Works Cities Certification program, launched in 2017 by Bloomberg Philanthropies and led by Results for America, is the first-of-its-kind standard of excellence for data-driven, well-managed local government. Open to cities in North and South America with a population of at least 30,000, What Works Cities Certification welcomes cities at all points in their data journey. Take the Assessment, join our Community and lead with data!