Mark McDaniel appointed to Results for  America’s Local Government Fellowship

Mark McDaniel appointed to Results for America’s Local Government Fellowship

Assistant City Manager Mark McDaniel will participate in a year-long fellowship designed to advance the use of evidence and data to improve outcomes for residents. McDaniel will join 14 other senior local government officials across the country appointed to the second cohort of Results for America’s Local Government Fellowship program.

Mark McDanielParticipating as a RFA Fellow furthers the purpose of the Dallas Center for Performance Excellence (CPE). The CPE was formed in 2014 to advance data use and analytics, efficiency, departmental strategic planning and benchmarking within the City of Dallas. RFA’s commitment to evidence-based, results-driven solutions aligns with CPE and the City of Dallas’ efforts to share best local government management research to achieve results locally and nationally. Learn more at: or follow us on LinkedIn.

“Mark is a great thinker at Dallas City Hall and I’m thrilled that he will be representing our city in this prestigious fellowship,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I look forward to him reporting back with ideas on how we can better use data to make decisions that improve the quality of life for our citizens.”

The 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 (RFA) the Local Government Fellowship will help the Fellows tackle policy challenges for their cities and counties in areas such as crime, education, health, poverty and energy by establishing and implementing:

  • A two-to-three-year policy road map to improve outcomes on a specific policy challenge
  • A partnership with an external research or academic institution to evaluate a major government-funded policy or program investment to inform policy decisions

McDaniel will participate in four two-day sessions that will serve as an opportunity to report on progress, learn new strategies and skills, build a network of peers and gain exposure to national experts. RFA will publish 15 case studies highlighting the progress of these local governments as well as a final paper on lessons learned through the Local Government Fellowship, to be released at a public event in 2018.

“We can measurably improve the lives of citizens in our community by embracing even greater use of data and evidence in our policy and program decisions,” McDaniel said. “I thank Results for America for this opportunity to help put Dallas at the forefront of setting new standards for effective local government,” he said.

The findings and results from the first cohort of the Fellowship Program are in the March 2016 Results for America Invest in What Works Policy Series report. For more information about Results for America click here.

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