Vision & Mission
An open and innovative City government that embraces civic engagement, collaboration, and data-driven strategies to improve quality of life and opportunity for all Syracuse residents.
We support Mayoral priorities by introducing new approaches, resources, and technologies to City departments that help them to consistently deliver high quality customer experiences through proactive, efficient, and compassionate service.
What We Do
Improve the quality of life for Syracuse residents.
A vexing obstacle for Syracuse, and other cities like it across the nation, is the challenge of maintaining 20th century infrastructure that is often at the end of its useful life. The Syracuse i-team, under the direction of former Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, worked to develop a series of 13 initiatives to improve the city’s infrastructure. Learn more about these initiatives and the i-team's infrastructure work here.
Individuals in our most impoverished neighborhoods struggle to find opportunities to improve quality of life for themselves and their families. One of the first steps to address this issue is to ensure that safe, healthy, affordable housing is available to residents. The City and i-team are working to improve the health and safety of our housing and neighborhood for our residents. Learn more about this work here.
Many of our residents experience a high frequency of forced moves. Many of these moves are triggered by poor housing quality, unstable neighborhood conditions, and high costs of housing in relation to income. All of these conditions can contribute to doubling up and overcrowding in housing units, chronic homelessness, and a high rate of unplanned residential mobility. Frequent forced moves have damaging financial and health impacts on our residents and neighborhoods, especially on our school-aged children. The City and i-team are working on ways to reduce transiency and improve stability for our residents. Learn more about this work here.
Expand the City's innovation capacity.
Innovation & Data Training
A key component of Bloomberg Philanthropies' i-teams program is to expand capacity and inspire a culture of innovation throughout City Hall. One of the ways we are doing this is through innovation and data trainings for our City employees, giving them the tools to use data and make innovations in their day-to-day responsibilities. See more of the ways Syracuse is embracing City innovation here.
Use data to improve performance and accountability in our departments.
Improve civic engagement and transparency.
Engagement Design, Support, & Facilitation
The City of Syracuse’s Office of Accountability, Performance, and Innovation was formed in 2015. The office, more commonly known as the i-team, develops innovative solutions to Syracuse’s most pressing problems. It leverages idea generation techniques and utilizes a structured, human-centered and data-driven approach to affect change and deliver results within the city.
The i-team is based in city hall and reports to the Mayor, Ben Walsh. It serves as an in-house innovation consultant that focuses on different priority areas. The team works side-by-side with senior staff members and departments, however, it is outside of the typical municipal government hierarchy. This structure positions the i-team to coordinate across departments and achieve impactful results. Meet our team.
The i-team was established through an Innovation Delivery grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies for up to $1.35 million. The award provides funding to establish an office and hire personnel from 2015 through December 31, 2018. The grant also provides additional funding to research best practices in other cities. Guided by the Innovation Team Playbook, i-teams focus on one issue area at a time and follow a four step process emphasizing data-driven and human centered research. They work with partners to deeply understand the problem they are trying to solve by building empathy for the people impacted by it, and then work quickly and creatively to co-create and test solutions that deliver meaningful results for residents. Learn more about Bloomberg Philanthropies' i-teams program here.
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