With the support and guidance of Results for America, the Local Government Fellows lead their governments toward advanced stages of data-driven and evidence-based policymaking in order to address major policy challenges in their communities. The 16 cities and counties represented in the Fellowship collectively represent more than 28 million people and $148 billion in local government spending.

Managed by Results for America, the Local Government Fellowship, now in its second cohort, helps local government leaders tackle policy challenges for their cities and counties in areas such as crime, education, health, poverty and energy, through establishing and implementing:

  • A 2-to 3-year policy roadmap to improve outcomes on a specific policy challenge; and
  • A partnership with an external research or academic institution to evaluate a major government-funded policy or program investment to inform policy decisions.

The Local Fellows participate in four separate two-day strategic thinking convenings that serve as an opportunity to report on progress, learn new strategies and skills, build a network of peers and gain exposure to national experts. In addition, Fellows participate in monthly progress calls.

Learn More About the Local Fellows

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-6-50-38-pmResults for America launched the inaugural cohort of the Fellowship in September 2014, with local government leaders representing 11 cities and counties. This inaugural cohort made important progress in building and using evidence in policies and programs. The findings and results from the first cohort of the Fellowship can be found in this March 2016 Results for America Invest in What Works Policy Series report.