Utah Benchmarking Project
The purpose of the Utah Benchmarking Project is to provide local governments with a management tool that supports their decision-making process in strategic planning, performance improvement, and service delivery efficiency. Utah City Data is a collaborative effort between Utah City Managers Association (UCMA), Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT), the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at University of Utah, Utah State University, and Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.
The benchmarking project includes the following pieces:
- General project management by UCMA
- Data collection by the University of Utah
- An on-line system that member cities accessed by member cities use to input data. The system is also used by member cities to pull data to do their own data analysis. The system is maintained by University of Utah.
- Annual reports by BYU
- Cluster analysis by ULCT
- Membership management by ULCT
The data collection for FY 2016 (FY 7/1/2015 to 6/30/2016) will begin in late November. Collection of the data consists of two parts. The first is a survey that is completed by the city on a password protected website. Second, the U of U obtains data from other sources such as the Tax Commission and the Ivory-Boyer Construction Database. This data is also entered into the on-line system. All the data fields are collected for member cities. For non-member cities, we only collect the data that are available in a format that can be easily uploaded (ie. gross taxable sales from the Utah Tax Commission).
Once the data upload is completed, the city reviews the data you enter and the data we collect. You will be sent an email in late February when your data is ready for review. In April, the Project will present an annual report at the UCMA conference. In November, the Project will present a second report on specific trends or projects.
Nick Jarvis at ULCT sends invoices for membership in November as well as an acceptable use policy. Once a city signs the agreement, Sara McCormick at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute will send you a user ID and password so you can enter data and use data from prior years.
At any point if you have questions, need assistance accessing the system, or retrieving your user ID or password, you can call Sara at 801-585-7764.
The following cities are members:
|South Salt Lake|
While participation has previously cost $500 a year, we are offering membership free of charge for the 2016-2017 year! Thank you for your interest & let us know if you want to join!