Excel as a High-Performing Agency

Dashboard roll out provides new ways to access important data

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Forest Service just completed a 12-week sprint working with USDA to develop mission-focused dashboards for our agency. Our initial twelve dashboards used existing datasets to build visualizations for Recreation, Fire, Hazardous Fuels, Engineering, Timber, Watershed, NEPA, Grants and Agreements, Budget and Safety. The dashboards use robust analytical tools and data visualizations to summarize and present information and support executive decision-making.

USDA is committed to becoming a data-driven, customer-focused organization. As part of this effort, we are working with USDA to develop dashboards to increase transparency, augment analytics capacity and make data readily available to support important mission-focused decision-making.

Using data, analytics and visualization tools, we can:

  • Create a single, trusted version of the “truth”
  • Facilitate high-speed performance by empowering stakeholders to turn insights into action
  • Stimulate interactive exploration of the story behind the data
  • Develop a data-driven organizational culture, and
  • Improve Data Quality & Data Accuracy through iterative improvement

Executive leadership, regional leadership, forest supervisors and program staff with direct use requirements for the subject dashboards will have access to these tools. These dashboards can be a primary mechanism to aid communications, achieve goals, drive insights, and increase transparency of data. These can also facilitate shared leadership within the Forest Service by giving multiple viewers insights that inspire critical thinking about where our performance is, and where we want it to be.

We are excited to be a part of this transformative effort.

Screengrab: Dashboard Roll Out
Our initial twelve dashboards used existing datasets to build visualizations for Recreation, Fire, Hazardous Fuels, Engineering, Timber, Watershed, NEPA, Grants and Agreements, Budget and Safety.