What Works Cities Certification Assessment Portal


Take the first step toward Certification: submit your self-Assessment today.

The What Works Cities Certification program is the first-of-its-kind standard of excellence for data-driven, well-managed local government. Open to cities in North, Central and South America with a population of at least 30,000, What Works Cities Certification welcomes cities at all points in their data journey. To date, 55 cities have achieved the distinction and hundreds are in the What Works Cities community.

Get started with the What Works Cities Certification Assessment. The online self-Assessment includes more than 40 criteria, organized around eight foundational practice areas, which define the fundamentals of data-driven governance.

What do you get when you take an Assessment?

• A benchmark of your data practices
• Clear, actionable next steps for data-driven decision-making
• Insight into whether you’re making progress on issues that matter—air quality, accessible services, or other city priorities aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
• Exclusive access to expert coaching, resources and a network of peers across the Americas