Listening to the Pulse of your State with the Executive Dashboard

The ArcGIS for State Government solution recently released a configurable  Executive Dashboard for State Government.  This JavaScript application allows decision makers to view critical metrics, identify trends, raise questions, and devise new management strategies in response to those trends. It is configured using ESRI Maps for Office and ArcGIS Online and is accessible from tablets or desktop computers.

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.

Executive Dashboard showing key performance indicators for a state

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.

Oregon Employment showing county trend

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.

Trend Analysis

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.

Statewide Employment Trend

Comparative Analysis

Comparing two geographies allows exploration of values within a performance indicator and facilitates a better understanding of what is happening across multiple geographies. Comparing trends across geographies

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.

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  1. pdxpayne says:

    Executives want to see point clustering and heat map rendering in the Executive Dashboard. Executives want to set up a heat map display based on attribute data values, not just point density. It’s a deal breaker without it.