While it’s not generally an attention-grabber, an emphasis on making government work better internally is part of the solution for the crises at New Orleans City Hall that do grab the headlines.

That’s why it’s good news that the Landrieu administration has landed a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies that works with cities to better use information they collect to improve the quality of life for their residents.

The nonprofit selected New Orleans as one of eight initial “What Works Cities” with which it will partner over the next 18 months to help them better use data to improve city services and solve urban problems.

It’s one of the ways that Mayor Mitch Landrieu and top city administrator Andy Kopplin have been pushing for better outcomes in the process of local government. We welcome this effort by the city and Bloomberg Philanthropies.