The right tool for the job
The TNP2K team came across Tableau about three years ago. They found that Tableau can be deployed quickly and is able to manage large amounts of data. The team also saw that Tableau allows users to rapidly analyze data and generate impressive reports.
The team liked Tableau’s easy visual interfaces, flexible configurations, and simple administration.
“Tableau presents the information in easy-to-understand charts and graphs that clearly show the geographical regions that require aid and areas where the programs are succeeding,” commented Wahyono.
The TNP2K team also found Tableau to be comparably affordable as it provides end-user freedom in an environment that takes advantage of existing IT infrastructure. TNP2K now taps on Tableau’s powerful analytical capabilities to efficiently interpret data and generate reports that help policy makers design programs such as rice rationing, to tackle poverty problems across the country.
“We needed to ensure that our teams are able to focus on preparing the data effectively, without the need for scripting or coding. This way, we will not impose further burdens on our teams,” Yugo explained.
TNP2K is also able to use Tableau’s to deliver results fast.
Yugo elaborated: “Without Tableau, generating reports on time would be very difficult. For example, we need to generate reports on the Rice Ration Program (Beras Miskin – Raskin) every three months. However, the data is collected only a week prior to the deadline, this includes the challenge of interpreting data from various different formats. With Tableau, we are able to complete the analysis in the timespan of four days to a week. We only need to upload the data into the system and the reports are generated very quickly.”
Data-driven policy making
TNP2K also adopted Tableau Server so teams can access data from the various government agencies easily and effectively.
After analysts create interactive dashboards in Tableau Desktop, they can publish them to Tableau Server. The audience can view these published dashboards on a web browser or over a mobile device.
With Tableau Server, TNP2K can publish their reports in real time to target audiences across the country. Government officials and policy makers are able to access the TNP2K reports online and better understand the effectiveness of their programs.
“Tableau helps us to facilitate requests for intra-ministry data. The software has been instrumental in changing the mindset of many key decision makers in the ministries. It has helped to encourage ministries to maximize their data potential, both in context and content,” commented Wahyono.
According to Yugo, Tableau scores high on user satisfaction and adaptability within his organization. He said his IT staff is now happier, and end users especially like the software’s ease of use and fast speed. In fact, Tableau has been so effective that he has had employees outside of the analysis team requesting for Tableau training.