• PRORAGIS Case Studies

    NRPA members are using the power of PRORAGIS™ to educate, advocate and plan. Here is what they have to say. In addition, NRPA has developed a number of case studies and examples to show how agencies can use the power of PRORAGIS to answer questions, address pressing issues, work with the media, and more effectively manage assets.


    Testimonials

    As a consultant, I performed a benchmark analysis for a large urban park and recreation agency's master plan. Comparing and analyzing the data from 14 park agencies and districts - budgets, parks, trails, facilities and programs - is a daunting task. PRORAGIS simplified the process and ensured accuracy. I am also a legislative advocate, and the GIS mapping feature provides a visual that complements the operating data. PRORAGIS helps demonstrate parks and recreation's impact in your community from a conservation, health and wellness, and social equity perspective. 

    --Mark Alan Young, Parks Forever Consulting

    As a consultant who works with a variety of agencies nationwide, PRORAGIS is a valuable tool as a source of comparison to other agencies. This is particularly useful in identifying the appropriate level of parkland and amenities.  Furthermore, it’s very valuable in comparing budget resources, particularly when an agency needs to tell its story to the public about the need for additional parkland or facilities.

    --Barbara Heller, Heller and Heller Consulting, Inc., Schaumburg, IL


    We regularly use the budget comparison feature in PRORAGIS to help our internal teams understand how they compare to similar agencies across the country.

    -- Greg Hohenberger, Operations Manager, Canton Leisure Services, Canton, MI


    PRORAGIS provides good benchmarking information and can assist with analyzing your agency’s data. Kettering has used PRORAGIS for department projects that required more comparative metrics for analytical purposes. The extracted PRORAGIS information can confirm or deny assumptions you have about your agency’s own data.

    -- Mary Beth Thaman, Director of Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts, City of Kettering, OH


    Case Studies


    See how the City of Fort Collins used PRORAGIS data.


    The Salary Scenario

    Salary Scenario Case Study By comparing the data in your PRORAGIS profile to others from around the country, you can discover in which areas you excel and in which areas you may need some help. This information is not only good for understanding how efficiently you operate, but you could potentially use this information as talking points with the media or to support budget requests.

    Read the Salary Scenario PRORAGIS case study.

      
     


    The Consultant Scenario

    Consultant Scenario Case StudyPRORAGIS contains dozens of key data points that agencies can use in their budgeting, staffing and master planning processes. Having this valuable information allows agencies to see how well they are operating as well as where they might need to direct some attention.

    Read the Consultant Scenario PRORAGIS case study.

      
     



    The Playground Scenario

    Playground Scenario Case StudyBy comparing your data to others from around the state or the country, you can gather evidence and support to address the needs of your local population. And because PRORAGIS is comprehensive, there are almost limitless comparison points that can help you plan and operate more effectively

    Read the Playground Scenario PRORAGIS case study.

      
     



    The GIS Scenario

    GIS Scenario Case StudyThe GIS component of PRORAGIS is a dynamic system that includes numerous data overlays as well as links to additional research and data sources. By uploading your GIS data into PRORAGIS, your agency has access to all of these tools, saving you time and money.

    Read The GIS Scenario PRORAGIS case study.







    Articles


    PRORAGIS Q&A: Travis Smith
    Parks & Recreation Magazine: April 2014 Issue
    Summary: NRPA’s Research Director, Travis Smith, Ph.D., shares his insights about how PRORAGIS has overcome its initial challenges, what you should know and what lies ahead for the trailblazing database.


    Valuable Data, Valuable YOU
    By Daina Ajayi
    Parks & Recreation Magazine: March 2014 Issue
    Summary: Here's how you can help increase the collective impact of a national dataset.


    Consultants Share Opinions on How to Improve PRORAGIS
    By Daina Ajayi
    Parks & Recreation Magazine: February 2014 Issue
    Summary: A recent meeting of industry consultants provided useful feedback for future PRORAGIS database development.


    PRORAGIS Magnet Sessions: Attracting a Nationwide Audience
    By Daina Ajayi
    Parks & Recreation Magazine: December 2013 Issue
    Summary: NRPA is bringing the power of PRORAGIS to your area.


    The New PRORAGIS
    By Travis Smith
    Parks & Recreation Magazine: November 2013 Issue
    Summary: The newly launched update to PRORAGIS provides dramatic improvements in both usability and function.

     

    If your agency has used the power of PRORAGIS, please share your story by sending us a note at proragis@nrpa.org.

     

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