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Utah City Benchmarking project. What is it?. A collective effort to share data. Around 50 Cities in Utah participate and send in data. Allows participants to compare standard performance measures and pursue best practices. Goal: Improve Performance.

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what is it
What is it?
  • A collective effort to share data.
  • Around 50 Cities in Utah participate and send in data.
  • Allows participants to compare standard performance measures and pursue best practices.
goal improve performance
Goal: Improve Performance
  • Provide Local Governments with a service delivery tool that supports their decision-making processes in strategic planning and accountability.
  • Allows each city to be able to compare itself with other cities like it or near it.
the bench marking project has four parts
The bench marking project has four parts
  • Data Collection and General Project Management by the U of U
  • Online System
    • Member cities input dataand pull data do their own data analysis
    • U of U and BYU input data
    • Maintained by U of U
  • Cluster Analysis by BYU
  • Membership Managementby ULCT
utah city data a collaborative project
Utah City Data – a collaborative project
  • Around 50 members and growing
  • Utah City Managers Association (UCMA)
  • Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT)
  • University of Utah's Center for Public Policy & Administration (CPPA)
  • Brigham Young University's Romney Institute
data we send in survey
Data we send in - (Survey)
  • Fireex: Total Number of Stations? Total number of fire calls
  • Community Developmentex:Number of residential and number of commercial occupancy permits issued in fiscal year
  • Financeex: Total dollar amount in all funds for capital projects
  • Fiscal Stressex: If you expect lower revenues, what strategies are you implementing to cope with the shortfall
  • Parks and Recreationex: Total acres within city limits managed by the city.
  • Policeex: Are your police officers sworn or contracted
  • Roads Servicesex: Identify the actual expenditures during FY2012 on crack seals. Dollar amount spent on activity.
  • Waterex: All costs including operating, debt, capital and inter-fund transfers FY2012.
data they provide
Data they provide
  • They add more data gathered from federal, state, county and other sources to each category.
  • Other Data they add
    • Demographic
    • Finance
    • Tax Assessment Data
data they collect sources
Data they collect - sources
  • Census
  • American Community Survey
  • Finance data submitted to State Auditor
  • State Tax Commission
  • Bureau of Economic and Business Research
  • Utah Department of Public Safety
time frames
Time Frames
  • January we send in all of our data.
  • February they input data from their sources, and we review our data.
  • March, downloadable data is available for download.
  • Middle of April, Printed Cluster reports are available.
how we download data
How we download data
  • Log in at: https://utahcitydata.org/
    • (See handout with log in information)
  • Click on downloads icon
  • Able to download data for:
    • Nibley City
    • Cluster
    • County
    • 5 other cities we choose
  • The cities are clustered based on demographics, financial and economic characteristics.
  • We are in Cluster “J” Traditional Agricultural with 26 other cities.
        • Ex. Hyrum, Fillmore, Nephi, Delta… 
published date
Published Date
  • There is also Published reports about the clusters. These are on the Web site.
  • Example:
what it costs
What it Costs
  • There is a $500 annual fee for joining Utah City Data. This fee covers:
      • System maintenance and backup
      • Data storage
      • Data entry by CPPA
      • Data analysis in a printed report
      • Access to data for viewing or downloading
  • We also have to input our city data every January.
what we will use it for
What we will use it for
  • Strategic Planning
  • Accountability
  • Budgeting
  • To compare numbers from our city with others like us or near us
  • Demo
    • https://utahcitydata.org/