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Elizabeth Mello

Using Few’s definition of a dashboard, “a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives; consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance.” I think that the WHO maternity dashboard is a dashboard. It’s consolidated on a single screen, only specific metrics are included, the data is limited to only the targets and indicators over time, and the color coding helps provide that “at a glance” interpretation. Further, according to the article, this dashboard is for use by local healthcare providers, so there isn’t a need for definitions, simpler text, or additional explanation of the the indicators, since they are likely already familiar with them. I agree with previous comments that the dashboard could use some design assistance, but overall I think it meets it’s goal of being a dashboard.