An important online tool for gauging the progress of Puget Sound recovery just got a brand new look. Over the past few months, Puget Sound Partnership staff have been redesigning the Action Agenda Report Card, which tracks the progress and funding of hundreds of activities carried out across the Puget Sound region by our many partners. More than 350 such activities, called Near Term Actions, or NTAs, are included in the 2016 Puget Sound Action Agenda and tracked in the Report Card.
In use since 2012, the Report Card offers a crucial key to understanding the successes and challenges of NTAs. The revamped version of the Report Card, launched last week, has a range of new functions to enable users to access and download information about the progress and funding of individual NTAs or groups of actions.
NTA owners are required to report the progress of their actions every 6 months. Once these semi-annual reports are complete, Partnership staff load them into the Report Card. The reports can then be viewed by anyone interested in learning more about Action Agenda activities.
How does the Report Card contribute toward Puget Sound recovery?
The reporting that NTA owners do is essential for helping to hold one another accountable for carrying out the Action Agenda. The Report Card enables scientists, planners, policy makers and NTA owners to:
- Track how NTAs are funded and carried out.
- Identify common barriers to successfully completing NTAs.
- Understand what changes need to be made to NTAs so that they meet their objectives.
- Identify topics of discussion at Partnership-sponsored forums aimed at sharing what has been learned and finding solutions to common challenges.
- Evaluate and report the progress made toward Action Agenda goals, biennially in the State of the Sound report.
“Our intention was to build on previous versions of the Report Card to add functionality and make the tool easier to navigate,” said Alex Mitchell, who oversaw the project at the Partnership along with data systems manager, Jennifer Burke. “We’re hoping that by providing a more extensive and accessible display of information we can more effectively track progress and perhaps identify and address barriers more quickly.”
Information from previous versions of the Report Card is still available for those who want to review historical data. Find links to data old and new on our website.