Just like the driver of a car, your organization needs a real-time, living view of its world to stay on track—that’s why evaluation dashboards are needed.
Perhaps you want to track progress toward a goal, such as raising funds for a particular project. And maybe you’ve also sent your stakeholders a survey, and you want to keep up with how many have responded and whether votes are trending toward “yay” or “nay.” JVA can help you create a visually appealing, user-friendly interactive evaluation dashboard with up-to-the-minute metrics on what your organization has accomplished and how far it is from its goals.
If you’re working with funders, a current, accurate snapshot of your impact is crucial. Funders want hard data so they know their money will be put to good use. Evaluation dashboards for evaluation are also a great tool to communicate findings with boards and other stakeholders.
First, learn what to measure
Got so much going on that you’re not sure what to measure or to include on your dashboard? Our evaluation team can help you determine which numbers to track for the most insight. If you choose to work with JVA to create an evaluation plan, the plan will serve as the foundation for developing the dashboard, as well as associated measurement tools (such as surveys, focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders), so you can evaluate your team’s efforts and program impact on an ongoing basis.
Analyzing and interpreting your data
Your dashboard can be designed to automatically perform its own analysis and interpretation (including advanced statistical analyses). Thus, your organization’s progress toward desired goals or standards will be obvious, and there will be clear implications related to next steps, such as best use of resources. JVA will also train you and your staff to view and interpret your dashboard, to ensure the data you collect is useful and helpful.
Data is an invaluable tool that can help us understand both where we’re being successful and where we might need to improve. Putting your data into a meaningful dashboard makes it much easier to interpret the numbers and make informed decisions on how to best move forward.