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Department of Human Services redesigns public dashboard

New measures and goals, most recent data and easier navigation among changes

July 18, 2013

Katie Mintz

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The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has redesigned its public dashboard to better reflect and track progress on agency priorities. The redesigned online accountability tool continues to track progress toward DHS goals, but is now easier to navigate and follows the structure of the department’s 2013 Framework For the Future (PDF), which outlines priority agency initiatives.

“The public dashboard is an important accountability tool for the department and for Minnesotans,” said Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “We want people to know quickly and easily how we are doing on the issues on which we’re most focused. The redesigned dashboard is organized in a way that makes that possible.”

For each measure, the redesigned dashboard also includes additional information on the role DHS plays and specific initiatives underway to address the issue.

The dashboard helps taxpayers know what they’re getting from the programs they pay for. Since June 2011, it has outlined and charted progress toward goals in four priority areas: people, innovation, equity and program integrity. The four areas reflect DHS’ mission to help people meet their basic needs so they can live in dignity and achieve their highest potential, and its commitment to modernize and innovate so it can better deliver high-quality services in a cost-effective manner.

New measures will continue to be added as DHS advances its commitment to accountability, transparency and continual performance improvement.  A summary of existing and new measures is on the dashboard.

The DHS dashboard was inspired by Gov. Mark Dayton’s innovation agenda to create a better government for a better Minnesota. The website is one step in the ongoing effort to help state government become more open and accountable to citizens.

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