How networks between cities can foster faster and better innovation

Cities are learning from each other in their responses to COVID-19.

6 lessons cities can learn from New Jersey’s cutting-edge innovation team

Beth Simone Noveck shares experiences driving new ways of working in state government and what city leaders can take from them.

Crisis leadership lessons for mayors

Hundreds of mayors and municipal leaders from across the United States and around the world have been meeting with experts from Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities for guidance as they manage their cities’ responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Data Storytelling - Maximizing One Pager Reports to Tell Your Story

A crucial part of every successful performance management program is communicating the outcomes.

Innovation Defined: How Much Does Open Data Cost?

Open Data is an exciting and important endeavor, but how much is it going to cost your city?

Case Studies: Examples of Excellence in Data and Evidence

What does excellence look like in data and evidence? These case studies from the Centers of Civic Impact at Johns Hopkins University highlight great examples from real projects across a variety of types of work.

6 Ways Your Data Visualizations Can Influence Decisions

Cities leaders are, increasingly, investing in data visualization tools and strategies to help residents engage more effectively with data. They’re also depending on them more and more as they look for ways to help themselves gain greater insights into their work. The Centers for Civic Impact at Johns Hopkins University offers six ways city leaders can ensure their data visualizations influence user decisions.

10 Dos and Don’ts for Creating Infographics

“Infographics” and “data visualization” may be familiar terms. However, simply calling something an infographic does not make it so.

Innovation Defined: A Guide to Performance Alignment

No two governments are exactly alike, so aligning their performance management program is going to look different depending on where things stand in each organization. Use this step-by-step guide to link strategic priorities to measurable outcomes and the activities that drive progress along the way.

9 Key Insights from Data Inventorying Efforts

From working with public sector organizations across the world and reaching out to seasoned data management professionals to surface best practices, the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University has assembled this list of lessons learned.