Center for Survey Research

Penn State Harrisburg, Center for Survey Research

Digital Dashboards

Digital dashboards are a visually appealing interface that displays a snapshot of key data elements in a graphical format.  These dynamic dashboards are easy to read and can communicate data in real time, making them a powerful tool that can be used to drive decision making and monitor performance and objectives.  Dashboards are built using iDashboards, an industry-leading provider of business intelligence software.


The dashboard service offers the freedom to design and style dashboards that suit your unique requirements. The dashboards are fully customized to meet each organization’s individual needs. The dashboard interface allows for:


  • Over 20 types of charts, graphs, and tables
  • Drill down capabilities
  • Display of an organization’s logo and/or images
  • Various color, font, size, and style of text
  • Map or drop-down navigation options
  • Single or multi-tab displays
  • Publicly accessible or password protected dashboards
  • Dashboard data exports to Excel and other formats

Data Management

An automated data transfer process is in place to continuously populate each dashboard as soon as data is received.  To facilitate this process, secure data transfer, hosting, and management are offered for all dashboards.  The following steps are taken to ensure that your data are safe:

  • Data are hosted on a secure server that is housed at Penn State Harrisburg
  • Daily data backups.
  • Access to data is password protected and limited to project team members only.

Dashboard Sample Image

To view interactive examples of digital dashboards, click here


For more information about digital dashboards, contact the Pennsylvania State Data Center at 717-948-6336 or