The Dashboard Spy

September 4, 2006

Illegal Cigarette Sales Dashboard – using dashboarding to combat youth smoking in Wisconsin

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 3:02 am

Here’s a noble effort in enterprise dashboarding. The State of Wisconsin has a program called Wisconsin Wins to combat youth smoking. If you go to the link and click on “Scorecard”, you’ll see the following digital dashboard. It tracks the results of the retailer testing program for detecting illegal sales of cigarettes. They send in test buyers to see if retailers follow the rules about selling tobacco to minors. According to the dashboard, federal targets a violation rate of 20%. It looks like Wisconsin is doing well. Try out the link and you’ll see that the design and usability can use a little help. The formatting, scrolling, popup usage and visual consistency is off. Perhaps a kind Dashboard Spy reader in Wisconsin could donate the State of Wisconsin a little consulting time. A graph or two would really help out as well.

Youth smoking cigarette sales dashboard

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