PRORAGIS Large Agency is intended to be completed by medium- to large-sized park and recreation departments. Agencies that meet all of the following criteria should complete a Large Agency profile:
Agencies that fall below any of the above indicators may opt to complete the Small Agency PRORAGIS profile.
Completing a Large Agency PRORAGIS profile will require that your department pay close attention to the details. The Large Agency 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 Small Agency PRORAGIS participants, it is expected that your department will submit GIS data in order for their Large Agency profile to be considered complete.
Unique to the Large Agency 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 Large Agency PRORAGIS profile, NRPA members will receive a robust performance report. That data available in the report will help your department:
The Large Agency 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 Large Agency profile a department will need to have on hand:
The actual time required to complete a Large Agency 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 Large Agency 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: Please save the fillable PDF to your computer desktop, then open from that location to begin your data input.
**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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