Liveable Cities Lab: Data Analytics 101

As we move towards the digital age, data will be the new “oil” which fuels better planning and informed decisions. Data plays an important role, especially in local governments. It allows local chief executives and managers to design better solutions, gain insights in delivering and enhancing services, formulate policies, and improve accountability and understanding of local operations.  

The first Liveable Cities Lab will focus on Data Analytics 101: The Value and Use of Data to Manage Cities. The discussion will revolve around the importance of collecting timely and quality data, analytics, and the value of data science for cities. We will be assembling a team of data science experts and institutions, which collect data on cities to help them build up capacity for planning and design of city services.


About the Challenge

Through the Liveable Cities Challenge, Mayors and key local officials will be asked to develop comprehensive, replicable, and implementable solutions to improve the liveability of their cities. The Challenge’s vision is to accelerate the trend towards designing, developing, and building competitive, sustainable, and resilient Philippine cities.

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Liveable Cities Challenge


The Challenge

Great cities are not built overnight. But we can get started. Through the Liveable Cities Challenge, we help mayors and key local officials develop comprehensive, replicable, and implementable solutions to improve the liveability of their cities, while strengthening local communities in the process. The Challenge’s vision is an accelerated trend towards designing, building, and developing competitive, sustainable, and resilient Philippine cities.

The Philippine Situation

The Philippines has had a spotty record of urban planning. What started out as beautifully master-planned cities generations ago have ended up as cities characterized by congestion and traffic, little or poor access to mass transit, few open spaces, parks, and public spaces, and many blighted and derelict sections. And yet we’ve also seen some areas beautifully-planned and built out in different parts of the country. Whether by design or accident, the parts that have become “liveable” are thriving, booming, and driving growth.

The Need for Liveable Cities

The world is becoming increasingly urban. As the urbanization trend accelerates, cities take on a larger role as economic engines. Cities can be producers of economic growth, wealth, productivity, and creativity when well managed. However, they also generate congestion, pollution, waste, and poverty when mismanaged.

4 Focus Points

There are many elements of liveability but in meetings and surveys with Mayors, we’ve narrowed down some initial elements to four focus points.


In order for cities to improve, they must be able to measure themselves. With this in mind, we created the Liveable Cities Dashboard. The dashboard tracks and consolidates city data from multiple sources and visually displays data to show insights, trends, and performance of a city.

Through the Liveable Cities Dashboard Local chief executives can now better assess their city and identify areas for improvement. For citizens and the private sector, it serves as a guide on where to locate and identify innovative ways of using public data to engage with their locality.

Through open data, the Liveable Cities Dashboard sets the groundwork in promoting transparency in local governments.

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