4 reasons your council should consider a Power BI Cabinet Dashboard

Does your organisation spend a lot of time manually gathering data and creating reports? Do these reports tend to be non-interactive, with the potential for risks around quality, human error and responsiveness, limiting your ability to drill-down and extract actional insights?

If the answer is yes to one or both of those questions, then let me introduce to you our Cabinet Dashboard for Local and Regional Government: an automated, interactive and intuitive Power BI dashboard that provides a 360-degree view of performance across your council. It’s robust enough to handle the amount and variety of your data, and interactive enough that you can drill down to get the exact insights you need, built within the powerhouse that is Power BI.

With that in mind, here are some reasons your council should consider the Cabinet Dashboard.


KPI performance and trends

Monitor your KPIs with ease, at Executive and Operational levels, with a single point of access to view performance across all your KPIs, at varying levels. Maybe you want to be able to drill down into your KPI performance, export that data and present it to key stakeholders; maybe you want validation that your KPIs are fit for purpose; maybe you want to have the option to scale to new KPIs (or beyond!) – these are all easily feasible with the Cabinet Dashboard.

Not only do you have a single point of access to view your KPIs, but the dashboard provides commentary and insight for you to understand the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’. This enables you to make data-driven decisions with insights that you may have predicted, but now have concrete proof of. Along a similar vein, you can reduce the time and effort of creating manual KPI performance measures and trends – with all the data you need on a Modern Data Analytics Platform and presented in Power BI, your resources can spend their time on more impactful work.


Re-allocate your resources

As mentioned, the Cabinet Dashboard can help reduce the time and effort needed to gain insights and present them in a digestible way. This means you can re-allocate your resources to work on more affective projects and therefore more productive work. Not only does Power BI eliminate much of the manual exertion, but the Cabinet Dashboard also utilises PowerApps as a way to add commentary. PowerApps enables observations to be added to KPI measures over time, providing explanations, context and notes to inform future decisions. This means you can consolidate not only your data, but also the commentary that goes along with it.


Key stakeholder buy-in

With the ability to export visualisations from Power BI, sharing your insights just got a whole lot easier. Drop them into presentations (or include the necessary Power BI report as a whole!) to show exactly how your council is performing, based on stats and data, to enable swifter decision making that you know will make a difference. You can also prove compliance to regulations and adherence to standards with a readily available and easily accessible dashboard, where all your council’s data can be gathered in one place.


Fully scalable depending on your needs

With the ever-changing socio-economic landscape, we understand how important it is for your council to be able to adapt your data solution. Depending on your needs, the Cabinet Dashboard is fully scalable thanks to the Modern Data Analytics Platform underpinning the Dashboard. This uses Microsoft Azure technologies to host the Cabinet Dashboard, so you can scale for additional KPIs or reporting needs, even if they weren’t implemented in the initial dashboard. The Cabinet Dashboard is made bespoke to your council and your needs, so you can choose if, when and how you scale.


So, if you still want to spend hours gathering data and creating non-interactive manual reports, there’s nothing stopping you. But if you want a robust and comprehensive view of your council’s performance, across multiple metrics and KPIs, in an interactive and automated dashboard, you can find out more about our Power BI Cabinet Dashboard here.


Blog Author

Tom Hughes, Business Development Manager, Simpson Associates