Preckwinkle announces online tool for government transparency

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Preckwinkle announces online tool for government transparency

August 05, 2020 - 12:04

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced on Monday changes to the county website that now includes the publication of public performance dashboards for each department in offices under the president. 

A dashboard is typically the index page of the control panel for a website's content management system. It lists items by priority.

Each dashboard on the county website tracks three to five key performance indicators that measure a department’s goals and accomplishments.

Departments will update the dashboards on a quarterly basis and include open datasets from the Open Data Portal.

The open performance website builds upon the transparency goals Preckwinkle established at the beginning of her administration and is based on findings originally reported in her 2011 transition report. 

In 2014, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a Performance Management Ordinance that required every office in Cook County government to track metrics and publicly report on those metrics in an annual report.

In 2019, President Preckwinkle established the Office of Research, Operations and Innovation (ROI) to further empower employees to adopt performance management and a culture of continuous improvement. ROI oversees performance management for Cook County government.

“I am grateful to the employees in my administration who have embraced this culture of innovation and for using data to drive our decisionmaking process,” said President Preckwinkle. “We have developed effective policies and programs with measurable outcomes that can now be tracked through these public dashboards. The public can now learn even more about what each department in my administration does. In addition to providing greater transparency, this can also serve as an informative and useful civic educational tool.”

County government sites:

Cook County’s Open Data Portal
Cook County Open Performance Site 
Cook County Social Vulnerability Index
Medical Examiner COVID-19 Dashboard

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