Key features of the Executive Dashboard such as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), trend analysis, comparative analysis, and geo-enrichment all facilitate a heightened awareness of what is going on at multiple scales across the state.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
The use of KPIs helps present the big picture. KPIs provide decision makers with a visual distinction of initiatives that are performing well within the state and easily identify areas that need additional attention. Organizations can use KPIs to make informed decisions about areas where they may need to allocate time and effort.
The Executive Dashboard pictured above indicates that Jobs are improving while Health and Education are declining. The pods that are shown in grey – Growth and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – aren’t measured the same way as the other KPIs. Therefore, they are represented without an indicator.
Individual Key Performance Indicators
Within the dashboard, decision makers can dive deeper into initiatives by viewing individual key performance indicators such as Employment. At a glance, they can gain a better understanding of which
areas within the state may be improving and which areas need improvement. They also can interactively click on the map allowing you to see the raw data and a performance trend for the selected geography.
The info pod provides information about the statewide metric and indicates whether the trend is going up or down. The pod also shows the date range of the displayed information, and when the report was created.
Identifying trends enables decision makers to understand how an indicator is performing over a period of time. The trend below represents statewide employment for Oregon from January 2010 to April 2013. The trend decreases slightly between 2011 and 2012, but it begins to improve between 2012 and 2013.
Comparative analysis can be used to determine that the employment rate is higher in Jefferson county (geography on the right), while the Benton county’s employment rate is lower. Decision makers can begin to explore what might result in higher rates in one county and apply those policies or practices to another county in order to facilitate an increase in the trend.
The Executive Dashboard enables decision makers to monitor, gauge, and potentially improve programs or initiatives in their respective areas by understanding relevant performance metrics and trends. It can be used to foster better decision making by applying a spatial context to initiatives in the state.
The configurable nature of the app enables it to be applied in many different ways: to monitor and respond to statewide trends around a Governor’s initiatives, to monitor statewide trends around programs within an organization, or to measure trends tied to initiatives within your department. The opportunities are endless for how this application can be employed. We look forward to hearing about how you make this app work for you.