The Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity) was established more than 15 years ago as one of the first government innovation offices in the country. Our mission is to help the City use evidence and data to reduce poverty and promote equity and opportunity.
In our work, we put an emphasis on data-tested solutions. We partner with City agencies and offices to tear down silos within government, including by sharing data and best practices. We work cooperatively with community-based organizations, and solicit community input into specific projects, to ensure that the voices of those most affected are heard and listened to.
Our office operates in five interrelated areas:
Our goal is to design and promote programs and digital products that have measurable impact. Some of the programs we have worked on, such as CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) -- which helps students to earn an associate degree within three years by providing wide-ranging and structured services -- have been replicated in other parts of the country. Our award-winning products have also garnered national attention.
These Milestones – including events, accomplishments, awards, reports, and evaluations -- represent some of the highlights of our work since our founding. They are broken down by the three administrations we have been part of – Bloomberg, de Blasio, and Adams – with a special section on our work during the Covid-19 pandemic. (See links to each of these in the left side column.)