#OpenPierceCounty: Sharing Performance, Budget & Data Details with the Public
Committed to creating vibrant communities, an entrepreneurial climate, and an effective government, Washington State’s Pierce County now provides a window into its operations by offering the public easy access to data, real-time performance metrics, and budget details through three new websites:
In his 2018 State of the County Address, County Executive Bruce Dammeier announced #OpenPierceCounty, an initiative designed to increase the county’s public accountability, as well as to provide the county government with tools and information to work more strategically and effectively.
“Our goal is to give people a clear window into their County government,” says Brian Hardtke, Director of Policy and Deputy Counsel.
On Pierce County Open Budget, for instance, the public can explore the county’s $1.04 billion budget, and see where money is going for each specific department, as well as sources of funding.
And, on the Open Performance site, users can dig into data and see metrics for how the county is doing at achieving its three main strategic priority areas: creating a vibrant community, operating an effective government, and fostering an entrepreneurial climate.
That means, for instance, that residents can see what the county is doing toward its goal of improving mobility and infrastructure, including details on the average commute time (32 minutes) and the number of roads in good or fair condition (92 percent).
For county staffers, the three sites — Open Data, Open Performance, and Open Budget — form a connection between the county’s policy and goals, and operational data, performance indicators, and budget information. This allows staffers to work more efficiently, making smart, data-driven decisions that improve outcomes.
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Pierce County’s new data program provides managers and decision-makers with a centralized, interactive way to track progress and performance across all departments. On the financial side, the platform establishes an easy-to-use, interactive way to store, visualize, and disseminate budget information including all operational expenses.
There are dozens of datasets available, including ones that home in on the average number of days it takes a permit to be approved, the median value of houses, and the pace of growth in the Port of Tacoma cargo shipping.
By uniting financial and performance data into one platform, departments, elected officials, and constituents can better understand how financial investments affect performance outcomes.
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