PRORAGIS (Park and Recreation Operating Ratio & Geographic Information System) is a national database that allows park and recreation agencies to benchmark with others, develop program planning, and enhance overall community operations.
PRORAGIS Full is the original PRORAGIS profile. The profile is divided into seven survey sections –Jurisdiction, Department Details, Programs, Personnel, Facilities, Budget/Funding, Park Lands – and includes a GIS component.
Completing a Full PRORAGIS profile will require that your department pay close attention to the details. The Full profile asks a series of questions, which often require response to follow-up questions, that are meant to further clarify your department’s operations. Delving into this level of detail is most often appropriate for departments that have a large staff and budget, and multiple functional divisions within the department.
As is the case with PRORAGIS Lite participants, it is expected that your department will submit GIS data in order for their Full profile to be considered complete.
Unique to the Full PRORAGIS profile is that its structure enables participants to determine whether other departments are a good selection for peer comparison or benchmark study. After completing your Full PRORAGIS profile, NRPA members will receive a robust performance report. That data available in the report will help your department:
The Full PRORAGIS profile requires the greatest amount of time to complete and often requires collaboration across staff and, potentially, across departments. Generally speaking, to complete a Full profile a department will need to have on hand:
The actual time required to complete a Full profile has been reported as between 4 to 14 hours. It will be much easier to finish the profile if the relevant data has been gathered beforehand. Although it is not a quick or simple task, after completing a profile your department will immediately gain access to an abundance of information.
Submitting a Full report will give your department access to the most detailed data available. NRPA members will be provided with a custom agency performance report.* The report is a customized look at your department in comparison to all participants and a subset of departments that serve a similar population density. These results offer broad “yardsticks” against which your management and operations can be measured, allowing you to gauge your strengths, weaknesses, and improvement opportunities.
Of course, NRPA members have access to many of the additional online reporting features found under the Reports tab after login. These allow users to create their own data aggregations in order to compare themselves to departments that meet specific criteria of their own choice. Online reports are available on-demand, based on real-time data.
*Note: To gain access to all PRORAGIS reporting features, non-members may join NRPA or purchase access in the NRPA store.
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