||Over the next 18 months, Detroit will develop, pilot, and measure the early impacts of data-driven methods connecting affordable housing residents to resources, designed to help improve residents’ long-term economic mobility. University of Michigan Poverty Solutions is providing support to this initiative as part of its partnership with the City of Detroit to identify and implement evidence based strategies to reduce poverty in the city. Detroit will also work closely with other cities participating in the initiative to share lessons and experiences to further advance the work and build a model for future collaboration among cities on the topic.
Detroit staff have already begun working with a team of advisors from Results for America and the Behavioral Insights Team, both partners in What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative that helps cities confront urgent challenges through data- and evidence-based decision-making. Detroit city staff will deepen their data skills and strengthen their ability to deliver results to residents with the help of experts from other What Works Cities partners, including Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Government Excellence, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab and the Sunlight Foundation.