How to use the Local Arts Agency Dashboard

[Graciela Kahn] Hello, my name is Graciela
and I’m Research Manager at Americans for the Arts. And today I’m going to show you how to use
a new tool that we developed for local arts agencies and anyone interested in learning
more about their work. This Dashboard is designed to be interactive
and to allow for customized views for the 2018 Profile of Local Arts Agencies survey
data. Users can compare one specific organization
to another, or compare their local arts agency to a group of local arts agencies with similar
characteristics using the provided filters. The screen is divided into two identical parts
that have graphs representing the results from each question on the Local Arts Agency
Profile survey. The filters on the left and the right of the
Welcome page, they are for drilling down to local arts agencies with specific characteristics
based on legal status, population, expenditures, or state, among others. You can even look up a specific agency which
will be there if they were one of the 537 who completed the 2018 survey. The Navigation menu: if you scroll down you’ll
see different topics where you can click to navigate to a page where more information
will be provided. The two buttons at the end show the list of
local arts agencies that meet all the conditions applied in the Welcome page filters. At the top of every page you’ll be able to
see what filters have been applied to your search. If you want to change them, just go back to
the Welcome page, click Reset Filters and choose something else. Let’s try an example comparing local arts
agencies in two states. On the left filter I will choose Pennsylvania,
and on the right I will choose Ohio. To start, we can see that 15 local arts agencies
in Pennsylvania completed the 2018 profile, while 12 in Ohio did the same. Those are going to be our sample sizes for
most of the findings. When we hover over our graph, we can see a
little more detail. For example, we learn exactly what the survey
question was and any other relevant information. In this case we can see in Pennsylvania, local
art agencies that have full-time employees have on average 13 part-time paid positions, while in Ohio, local arts agencies that have at least one paid employee have on average
three part-time paid positions. On the first page we learn basic information
about local arts agencies, but let’s click on Programs and Services and see how they
compare. It looks like the types of financial support
they provide are different. While Ohio has a higher diversity of programs,
for example, startup capital, loans and microloans, we see that local arts agencies in Pennsylvania
are about twice as likely to offer grants to individual artists: 53% compared to 25%. As a reminder, if you want to see which column
represents what group, we can just scroll up and look at the filter title. Let’s look at Cross Sector Partnerships. And a word of caution here: the charts are
sorted to show the most common answer at the top. That might mean that the order in which options
appear on the graphs is not the same. Here the most common partnerships for local
arts agencies in Pennsylvania are in the culture and heritage sectors, while local arts agencies
in Ohio partner with organizations in the education sector the most. Let’s click on the Financial section now. In this section we can learn all about where
local arts agencies get their resources from and how they spend them. Notice that different charts have different
sample sizes. This is because some agencies submitted incomplete
or inconsistent data and were excluded from this section. You can keep navigating using the menu at
the bottom and you can always go back and change your filters to make them more specific
or more general. In our next video I’ll show you different
ways in which you can download and use this data in your own presentations. Thank you for joining and please write to
us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Stephen Childs

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