Louisville Leaders Earn National Distinction for Use of Data Evidence and Evaluation

September 18, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today his support for Results for America's Moneyball for Government campaign, a national, bipartisan effort committed to helping governments at all levels implement the following three Moneyball for Government principles:

  • Build evidence about the practices, policies and programs that will achieve the most effective and efficient results so that policymakers can make better decisions
  • Invest limited taxpayer dollars in practices, policies and programs that use data, evidence and evaluation to demonstrate they work
  • Direct funds away from practices, policies and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes

Theresa Reno-Weber, Chief of Performance and Technology, was also named today to the inaugural class of Results for America's Local Moneyball for Government Fellowship Program. Reno-Weber will join ten other senior local government officials from all across the country who were chosen through a competitive national selection process to participate in a rigorous 18-month initiative designed to help them develop and operate the local government infrastructure necessary to be able to use data, evidence and evaluation to improve outcomes. In addition to Reno-Weber from Louisville, the ten other fellows come from the local governments of Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tulsa. "Smarter use of data, evidence and evaluation isn't just common sense, it improves lives," said Mayor Greg Fischer. "I congratulate Theresa on her selection to the new Local Moneyball for Government fellowship program and know the information she will gain will help further the excellent work we've been doing through our Strategic Planning, LouieStat, Innovation Delivery and Cross-Functional Team efforts."

"The Moneyball for Government All-Star team will help us advance our work to identify best practices and adopt proven strategies for continuous improvement," said Reno-Weber. "I look forward to working with the Moneyball for Government campaign to continue to increase our use of data to ensure we are delivering efficient, quality services that improve the lives of Louisville's residents."

Managed by Results for America, an initiative of America Achieves, the Local Moneyball for Government Fellowship Program will help the 11 fellows achieve their specific goals for their cities through three core activities:

  • A New National Network. Fellows will create a new national network of accomplished local public-sector professionals who support the Moneyball for Government Principles and are committed to developing and implementing "what works" agendas in their cities. Fellows will be invited to at least five national Fellows meetings to learn more about the lessons learned and successes achieved in other cities.
  • Moneyball for Government Implementation Plans. Fellows will have the opportunity to design and execute actionable plans to implement the Moneyball for Government principles in their cities. These plans will serve as foundations for accelerating "what works" agendas in local governments all across the country. In order to support their efforts, each Fellow will be assigned a coach who can provide the deep technical assistance and project management that will ensure their success.
  • Access to Expertise. Fellows will also have access to well-known, and well-respected local, state and federal government leaders who have successfully developed and implemented "what works" plans all across the country. Experts will be available to provide on-the-ground technical assistance to help Fellows implement their "what works" plans in their cities.

For the full list of local Moneyball for Government All-Stars, click here. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation graciously provided support for Results for America's Local Moneyball for Government Fellowship Program.