Have you ever been driving and run out of gas? If so, it’s unlikely that you have done it more than a few times. It usually only takes one or two instances of the inconvenience, concern, and sometimes even embarrassment of the experience to help people remember to keep a closer eye on the fuel gauge.
The dashboard of your vehicle provides vital information. In addition to monitoring how much gas you have, the dashboard helps you ensure that you’re not speeding and that all of your car’s major systems are working properly.
A dashboard report serves the same purpose for a church. It takes pages of reports and summarizes the key data into one page of information, mostly in the form of graphs and charts. This report helps you keep an eye on essential information and alerts you when things begin to deviate from the norm. When prepared properly, it can also engage board members who may have been disinterested in operational or “business” matters.