The Michigan Dashboard – Measuring Michigan’s Performance
Performance dashboards, also called “Balanced Scorecards,” are often used by companies to visually measure their success in achieving strategic goals.
Viewers of Governor Rick Snyder’s January 19, 2011, State of the State Address, heard him introduce a new online tool that will measure Michigan’s performance in several important areas. Called the MiDashboard, it allows government officials and the public to visually measure the progress being made toward meeting goals in the areas of Economic Strength, Health and Education, Public Safety, Value for Government, and Quality of Life.
Each category is broken down into specific targets with a graph or chart to visually show if improvement is being achieved. For example, unemployment will be measured under the Economic Strength category. Those interested will see a graph comparing unemployment in Michigan compared to United States totals for the years 2005 through 2009. A second graph will show Michigan and U.S. numbers for the previous several months as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The dashboard also shows Michigan’s ranking among the other states in the union as of the most recent report.
Other reports by category on the MiDashboard include:
- Deficient Bridges
- Per capita income
- Children in poverty
Health and Education
- Infant mortality
- Third grade reading
- College readiness
- Higher education
Value for Government
- Bond rating
- Debt burden
- Operating cost
- Access to government
Quality of Life
- State parks
- Population growth
- Surface water quality
- Violent crimes
- Property crimes
- Traffic incidents
MiDashboard At-A-Glance tallies the results of each report onto one page. For each report, Michigan’s rank is shown in either the top 10 of states, the middle 30, or the bottom 10, as well as an arrow that indicates if Michigan’s performance is improving, staying the same, or declining.
Be sure to check this tool frequently to see the progress Michigan is making in these key areas. Read highlights of Governor Snyder’s State of the State address online or view an outline of Governor Snyder’s speech.
For more information on balanced scorecards, check out a book written by experts Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton titled The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action.
Check out these links for other governmental agencies that provide performance dashboards
Centers for Medicare & Medicard Services – Provides a dashboard showing Medicare inpatient hospital charges by year and state.
Open Government Dashboard – Provides a visual image of agency performance within the Executive Branch.
United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission – Provides a visual image of compliance with the Open Government Plan.
United States Patent and Trademark Office – Provides a visual image of patent data and pendency.
USA Spending – Provides a visual image for federal spending.