Purpose The purpose of this tool is to introduce a broader audience of users to a simplified Balance Scorecard tool. A Balanced Scorecard is a strategic planning and management system that is used extensively in business and industry, government, and nonprofit organizations worldwide to align business activities to the vision and strategy of the organization, improve internal and external communications, and monitor organization performance against strategic goals.
History In 2012, I was approached by a local non-profit organization, Technology Access Foundation (TAF) to create a customized Balanced Scorecard Tool to help them align their business activities to their strategic plan. Based upon data from a previous tracking system, I was able to create a web/database system using the following tools; Microsoft SQL Server, Internet Information Services for Windows, and Visual Studio Express. With these tools I was able to create a tool that could easily be integrated into their current internal infrastructure.
In July of 2013, I released a ‘generic’ version of this tool, that uses WordPress as the platform, with Microsoft SQL Server as the backend, to the general public. This software is released under the GPLv2 (or later) – GNU General Public License.
Consider a contribution to the Technology Access Foundation (TAF). From the TAF website:
TAF is a nonprofit leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. We address three problems that keep students of color away from STEM: low expectations, a shortage of role models in STEM and lack of access to a quality, STEM- focused education. We use STEM education as a tool for social change. Our targeted approach for addressing longstanding historical inequities for students of color develops leadership and citizenship in ALL students.