The Significance of Local Government Management Dashboards in Terms of Civic Decision Making

The building of a local government dashboard is currently becoming one of the civic management priorities.

The development of high-quality managerial decisions in municipal authorities, in turn, as well as their effective implementation is the key to stability and successful development of municipalities. That is why the problem of improving the quality of management decisions in local governments is now becoming of paramount importance.

The quality of management decisions is understood as the degree to which the parameters of the selected solution correspond to a specific system of characteristics that satisfy its developers, consumers and provide the possibility of effective implementation. The necessary characteristics of the quality of management decisions of local authorities include scientific validity, timeliness, consistency, adaptability, and reality.

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In other words, this is a list of requirements for the quality of decisions. In addition to the set of these characteristics, in each management decision there are certain elements of subjectivity, since in practice when making decisions, many interests, desires, and intentions collide. The degree of subjectivity depends on the knowledge, abilities of the decision-maker, on their awareness.

At the same time, objective decisions are taken as the basis for management decisions, which every leader must reckon with. The degree of their use depends on the ability to proceed from objective positions and develop solutions taking into account the scientific foundations of management.

Objectives of Management Decisions in Local Government

The objectives for the development of competent management decisions in local governments are:

  • knowledge of real development trends of the managed facility;
  • knowledge of the methods of the positive use of emerging trends for the system;
  • orientation for the common goals of developing the economy of the country as a whole and the municipality in particular;
  • definition of tasks arising from these goals for a managed facility;
  • a clear idea of the state of the object, the external environment (the immediate environment), their development trends;
  • possession of a set of methods for transferring a managed facility from the actual state to the desired and giving it the necessary directions of development;
  • the ability to respond in a timely manner to a changing environment and new challenges posed by the market, the economic policies of the region, the municipality, and the state as a whole.

For municipal employees, these positions are of particular importance, since the object of management is the development of the socio-economic sphere of the municipality, therefore, non-compliance with these objective economic conditions can lead to disorganization of the life of the whole city. Thus, the quality of management decisions of local authorities depends mainly on the level of information support for the activities of this body, the qualifications and training level of municipal employees, the degree of public participation in the development of management decisions of local governments.

Therefore, to ensure and improve the quality of management decisions in municipal management, the following basic conditions must be created:

  • improvement of information support for the activities of local authorities,
  • advanced training of municipal employees,
  • intensification of public participation in the development of managerial decisions of local authorities.
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