Situational awareness controls our reactions – routine to crisis

Rich dashboards for government

According to Grant Brooks, Vice President of the US Public Sector at SAS: “Most government dashboards were built for other purposes and cannot integrate and synthesize all available and relevant data in a timely manner to facilitate a meaningful and flexible response. They also lack the predictable, simulation and data analysis features required to truly improve decision making. ”

Brooks describes seven categories of data that government dashboards should incorporate to deliver optimal situational awareness in a crisis. The data include public health data, data on medical resources, employment and wage data, data on social benefits, economic stress indicators, tax collection and income data and banking system data. “By compiling this data to provide insight into the path of the virus, supplemented by advice from public health experts,” says Brooks, “governors want the best and most accurate information available to inform the monumental decisions made to keep people safe. and restart the economy. “

In India, some state governments approached SAS to help activate their data and analytical resources when the pandemic hit.2 This included Odisha, for example, which relies on an analytics dashboard to monitor continuously updated metrics. SAS worked with several states’ IT and healthcare departments to track COVID-19 measurements such as hotspots, infection growth curves, containment areas and the need for hospital resources. Based on timely data from the states, SAS built analysis models that helped improve results.