What is the DC Dashboard?
The DC Dashboard is a website developed by ULI Washington as an opportunity for our region to benchmark itself against other areas of the country to let us see how we measure up, and what our strengths and weaknesses are. It will also give us a way to measure progress as we move forward as a region. This website is meant to be more than data, however. Ultimately, the website is intended to involve knowledgeable and involved citizens in a conversation about where we are headed and what we need to do to maintain the vitality of our region. ULI created this dashboard as a first step to foster dialogue between the policy makers, officials, initiatives, and education institutions about the health and vitality of the region. In the coming year, we will be working with other organizations and the business community to populate the website with links to ongoing research in the region that will add to the dialogue, as well as articles about the data and what it means to our area.
The Dashboard compares our region against ten other metro regions in the country:
Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.
It focuses on a series of indicators in the following categories:
Arts, Demographics, Economy, Education, Environment, Government, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation and Sustainability.
What is the future of the website?
The website has been developed by the University of Pittsburgh, with oversight from the staff of Pittsburgh Today, a website that has been in existence for over ten years. ULI will be sharing the website with potential partners in order to organize a regional panel of experts and organizations to manage and contribute to the site in future years. The goal for the site is to provide an opportunity for regional collaboration. More specifically, the site will provide a baseline regarding demographic, economic, and other data about our region, and will be used to to stimulate a regional dialogue based on the data. While ULI took the initiative to create the website and initial data, the ultimate goal of the project is to have the website belong to many organizations in the region, not to ULI or any specific entity.
ULI staff will be developing an outreach plan to be implemented in the coming months, and is looking forward to broad engagement in the project.