Dashburgh. Image courtesy of the City of Pittsburgh.

Ever wonder how many complaints were made last year about missed recycling pickups? Or what the city’s debt situation looks like? Or even how many tree stumps were removed by the city in 2021?

Now there’s Dashburgh, a new online transparency tool that injects a vast amount of city data into a single, easy-to-read, graphic-filled dashboard.

“We have worked hard over the past eight years to create a more modern, transparent government, and this comprehensive new tool allows our residents to see our open data in an easy-to-understand dashboard,” says Mayor William Peduto.

Dashburgh uses data from 32 sources, including 311 and city departments such as administration, equity, finance, neighborhood development, operations, public safety, sustainability and resilience.

The new site vividly depicts how the city is doing in terms of meeting its goals, maintaining financial health, issuing permits, and even making progress on its ambitious climate change mitigation plan.

A Dashburgh data visualization sample.

“We expect to add new measures over time and build on the foundations we have laid to be a data-driven city government,” says Heidi Norman, acting director for innovation and performance. “Dashburgh serves as a vehicle for city residents to view how we’re meeting our service goals, and how we carry out key activities to deliver critical city services.”

There are a number of categories to choose from when using the dashboard. In just one example, Parks, Trees n’ At, you can see how many playgrounds, fields, courts and steps are in the city. And you can get a sense of the city’s maintenance schedule.

Screenshot of the Dashburgh website.

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