Paving the Road to Innovation with MiFuture

April 6, 2018 7:48 am PDT | Open Data

Job growth, road conditions, crime rates, home prices — all these issues matter a lot to the citizens of any state. In Michigan, state officials have embraced the need to keep residents up to date on everything from career opportunities to infrastructure with a newly relaunched performance site, MiFuture.

 

Michigan Open Performance Dashboard

 

Looking Forward in Michigan

Michigan’s first dashboard launched in 2011. It used data to identify the state’s biggest challenges and scorecards to measure progress in tackling them. The newest iteration of Michigan’s performance dashboard, called MiFuture or A Path Toward Our Future, is forward-looking and showcases Governor Rick Snyder’s priorities for the state.

These priorities are not tasks that can completed in a month, quarter, or even necessarily a year. Often the target to meet a goal is 2020; other goals have an even longer timeframe, with the goal of achieving the target in 2024. The dashboard offers Michiganders a view into the projects the state is currently engaged in, along with a clear means for citizens to see progress and hold the state accountable.

 

5 Key Performance Areas

On MiFuture, Michigan outlines performance in five areas:

  1. Innovation, Career Opportunities, and Economic Expansion
  2. Quality, Lifelong Education
  3. Modern and Reliable Infrastructure
  4. Strong and Thriving Communities
  5. Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government

The state’s goal may be to succeed in all of these areas, but Michigan does not shy away from sharing where goals are not yet achieved. Red and green colors show where the state has achieved its goals — and where work is still needed.

 

Examining Michigan’s Infrastructure Progress

The need for reliable, modern infrastructure in Michigan — or in any state — is clear. As the website points out, “Improved infrastructure systems mean healthier communities, better-paying jobs, and a stronger foundation for our kids in every region of the state.” Tackling Michigan’s infrastructure challenges is a major goal for Governor Snyder: In 2016, he created the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission, which has developed a list of infrastructure-focused tasks and goals.

 

Tracking Michigan's Infrastructure Performance

 

Curious Michigan residents can use the performance dashboard to find out specifics on these goals — along with the state’s progress toward meeting them. With such ambitious, long-term goals, this ability to monitor progress is invaluable.

High on the to-do list for Governor Snyder and the state’s Infrastructure Commission: increasing broadband access statewide.

 

Broadband Access in Michigan

 

Currently, Michigan is on track to meet its goal to be a top-five state for broadband access and adoption by 2024.

Another key goal is to increase the number of roads in good/fair condition. Michigan has more than 34,000 lane miles of highway, and maintaining these roads is essential for businesses, residents, and attracting tourists. The performance website identifies this goal as needing improvement: Michigan hopes to have 90 percent of roads in good or fair condition by 2028; as of December 2016, 83.1 percent have that status.

 

Highway Goals in Michigan

 

But there’s more to maintaining good highways than road conditions. In several other transportation-related goals, Michigan is ahead of targets. When it comes to construction projects, for instance, 93.7 percent are completed on time (ahead of the commission’s goal of a 90 percent on-time rate). And, the state is also performing well in time required to clear traffic accidents — ahead again of achieving its goal of clearing 90 percent of traffic incidents within two hours.

These attractive, easy-to-follow pages are beneficial for Michiganders or anyone looking for a top-level view into Michigan’s performance on key statewide goals. Perhaps even more helpful, however, is the access to data used to generate charts and visualizations. State employees can use data to create engaging, data-rich pages for residents. They can also use the data to streamline reporting and use it to support their decisions.

For a look at best practices for performance programs, read Socrata's Open Performance Guide.