Dashboards use already collected information to measures key metrics that reflect the health of the organization. The dashboard then displays the current status of these metrics and historical trends. They often will also have an alerting mechanism, such as a color, to let leaders know when a metric is not where it should be. This lets leaders know there may be potential trouble and allows them to act early on to address issues.
Dashboards can be developed using sophisticated dashboard software or with more readily available tools such as Excel or Access. A camp dashboard might measure attributes such as registrations, camper return rates, revenue, results from evaluations, staff retention or even Facebook page likes. Anything that can be measured with data could be included in a dashboard. The key is to find the measurements that best tell the story of the camp's current health.
Shown below are several examples of organizational dashboards.