What learning becomes possible when there is a Common Dashboard for cities and counties?
About This Project
The Municipal Dashboard of Community Indicators is the Government Performance Consortium’s recommended set of 32 core indicators for cities and counties to practice using in common in order to gain understanding about the communities they serve. We developed the concept and a free and open-source working prototype of the Municipal Dashboard in consultation with the Community Indicators Consortium and an Advisory Committee consisted of representatives from 17 Washington State cities and counties, and in partnership with the Washington State Auditor’s Office, the University of Washington Tacoma, and the Municipal Research and Services Center.
The Municipal Dashboard of Community Indicators would provide an at-a-glance overview of major issues affecting how a community is doing in order to inform the work of cities and counties. When examined across jurisdictions, a common set of indicators supports strategic thinking and facilitates focused conversations around best practices and civic priorities among decision-makers, analysts and front-line staff.
The prototype of the Municipal Dashboard demonstrates potential features and functions of a shared practicing template in Microsoft Excel, a frequently used tool that all cities and counties have access to. This do-it-yourself template automatically generates a working dashboard once a jurisdiction enters its community indicators data based on specific instructions and reference links provided in the template.
Created in the spirit of inquiry - asking ourselves what learning becomes possible if there is a common dashboard for cities and counties - the prototype is intended to invite critical feedback from potential early adopters and to elicit interested practitioners to engage in co-evolving the concept and application of the Municipal Dashboard in the context of a community of practice.
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