The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) CJAB Dashboards are built using iDashboads, an industry leader in business intelligence software. The following are some user tips in viewing the dashboards.

Selecting Dashboards

The main navigation at the top of the dashboard area allows the user to select a dashboard to view. Hovering over the category (for example, Law Enforcement, Courts, etc.) will drop down a list of dashboards related to that category.

Selecting Geography

To view the dashboard by state or a county geography, click on the dropdown box and choose Pennsylvania or one of the 67 counties. To view the dashboard by geographic region, click on "View by Region" and choose the correct region from the dropdown box. To view the dashboard by class of county, click on "View by Class" and choose the correct class from the dropdown box.

Selecting Date

To view the dashboard by various months/years, click on the dropdown box and select the appropriate month/year. The most current data is listed first.

Scroll Bar

A scroll bar may appear in the header portion of the dashboard. If the scroll bar is visible the user should scroll to view all information.

Rollover Data

Moving the mouse over a chart will allow the user to view the data associated with that chart. Types of charts include:

  • Pie, Doughnut, Pyramid, and Funnel Charts: Hovering over the pie slice or segment will pop up the numbers associated with that segment.
  • Line, Bar, and Column Charts: The numbers associated with the segment will pop up when you hover over the bar or line point.
  • Maps: Hovering over a map area will pop up numbers associated with the area.

Note: in most cases the charts on the dashboard are linked to each other. Hovering over an item on one chart will automatically highlight data for another chart. Not all charts are linked automatically.

Map Legends

Each map chart contains a map legend. The legend is minimized by default when the dashboard is loaded. The legend can be viewed by clicking on the legend tool () in the bottom left corner of the map chart. The legend can be minimized by clicking on the minimize button () in the upper right corner of the legend.

Dashboard Level Values

Dashboards have drop down controls at the top right corner that will filter the data in the charts. All dashboards have a drop down control with county names, and a drop down control for the date of the reports, for example, reports by month or year.

Some dashboards may contain additional dashboard-level values that will segment the displayed data by another indicator, for example, active inmates.

Clicking on Charts

Clicking on a chart will allow the user to drill into the data presented. Charts that allow the user to drill into additional views have an asterisk (*) in the title. Clicking on an area in the chart will open a new chart with data filtered by the value of the selected area. When drilling into a chart, the user will see a set of drop down controls showing the filtering values. A return button () in the lower left corner of the chart area will appear, and when clicked, the user will return to the parent chart.

Generating Reports, Data Exporting, and Printing

Users can produce reports in HTML (web based) and PDF (Adobe Acrobat) formats for dashboards and/or single charts. To generate a report for the entire dashboard, click on the report button () in the lower right corner of the dashboard. Clicking will generate a PDF file of tabular report data. Right-click the button to select either HTML or PDF formats. Please note that report generation may take several seconds for an entire dashboard of data.

To generate a report for a specific chart, right-click on the chart, and select "View Chart as Report". Chart reports default to PDF format.

A user can output the data from an Individual chart in comma-separated values (csv) file format, which can be opened in an application such as Microsoft Access or Excel. To output data, right-click on the chart and select "Export Chart Data". If the message "To help protect your security, the site was blocked from downloading files to your computer. Click here for options…" click and select "Download File…".

Dashboards can be printed by right-clicking on the dashboard and selecting "Print Dashboard".

If you are encountering difficulties with dashboards not loading or are getting messages about iDashboards versions or browser caching, refer to the How To and Troubleshooting Guide on the PA State Data Center website.