Communications Performance Management Dashboard – Using Xcelsius to display internal communication KPIs

In a recent post regarding internal communications and public relations enterprise dashboards, I showed some work by, a communications agency in London that is using Xcelsius dashboard technology to provide their clients with measurements of their communications programs. I focused on the relevant KPIs in that post but did not do justice to the actual dashboards. I snooped around, using typically sneaky Dashboard Spy techniques, and now have a large screenshot of their Internal Communications Dashboard and present it for your study here.

Note that while, this executive dashboard is done in Crystal Xcelsius (used most often for “what-if style dashboards”), it does so mostly using only the “view-only” modes. There is interactivity for the date selection dropdown and descriptive data mouseovers in the KPI charts, so Xcelsius is shown to be a fine choice for read-only dashboards as well.

Here is the executive dashboad screenshot. A listing of the relevant KPIs follow:

Communications KPI Dashboard

Internal Communications KPIs

For another approach to monitoring the performance of internal communications, take a look at this Klipfolio Dashboard for Internal Communications. Klipfolio dashboards reside on the user desktop (acting like desktop widgets) and present the metrics in a very immediate manner to users.

Klipfolio Dashboard for Internal Communications

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Homework: Usabilty is key when presenting to the end user through a dashboard. Study up on the discipline of usability. Start with these usability books. Also, as these dashboards are executed in the easy-to-use Xcelsius, take a look at the book, Crystal Xcelsius For Dummies .

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