OpenGov, a provider of open data tools for government, has launched a new performance tracker called OpenGov Performance Measures. The tool will be part of OpenGov’s cloud platform.
Governments can customize the metrics they track in Performance Measures, create alerts to notify them when goals are reached, and provision access to a person, department, or the entire organization. Governments can also compare their performance to the more than 1,600 other governments on the OpenGov network.
The tool works by automatically analyzing government data over time and telling administrators when they have reached a goal. Few governments currently track performance, largely because of the additional administrative resources required to monitor changes in the data.
More than a dozen governments were involved in the beta of OpenGov Performance Measures and helped shape it – including Bernalillo County, NM; the City of San Rafael, CA; Harford County, MD; the City of Dayton, OH; and Kern County, CA. “Performance shouldn’t be a dirty word. To run an effective government, you have to track your performance,” said City of San Rafael Senior Management Analyst Rebecca Woodbury.
The OpenGov cloud platform includes budgeting and resource management tools for government that can be used to manage data internally and also make government data available to the public.