What is a dashboard? Why the 2016 Human Development Report adds the dashboards into the Statistical Annex?

The dashboard approach has become popular for monitoring development outcomes. The 2016 Human Development Report experiments with two new colour-coded tables also termed dashboards, Life-course gender gap and Sustainable development. The colour-coded tables evaluate progress of human development by exposing the levels and changes of various indicators. The Life-course gender gap dashboard focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Sustainable development dashboard underscores the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainable development. Though it does not convey a definitive conclusion on country achievements, the dashboard approach can be effective in presenting and visualizing data on selected indicators. The approach could be extended to other areas of human development.