Reply To: Discussion 1 (DTDW21)

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Savanna Santarpio

To echo other course participants, the WHO maternity dashboard at the Mpilo Central Hospital meets Stephen Few’s definition of a dashboard. By demonstrating trends using a traffic-light coding system it provides a level of data accessibility highlighting areas of “opportunity” and “success”. Although the WHO maternal dashboard meets Few’s definition of a dashboard, it also meets Alexander’s definition of a report; a table containing raw data. Improvements including data visualizations, summary statistics, and a key/legend with definitions of the color-coding thresholds would tremendously contribute to the readability of this dashboard. A dashboard should ultimately provide an opportunity for the reader to quickly identify trends and, as accessible, refer to larger datasets for in-depth analyses.