MyScouting Tools for Commissioners
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With the recent release of the newest MyScouting Tools, we
were prompted to inquire when the commissioners might see a
new release of UVTS. The following is some information from the
development team about what is on the horizon for UVTS and
what might replace UVTS for commissioners.
The development team does not envision anything that
will have the current look and feel of UVTS as new
development will follow the model of the toolkits that
have been released recently.
Here is a high-level view of the initial approach:
- Dashboard reporting that incorporates Journey
to Excellence metrics. (While award levels
will not initially be implemented, appropriate
measurements will be displayed.)
- Reporting metrics on unit visit activity that are
precalculated and the addition of "alerts" to direct
the attention of administrative commissioners to
new reports and/or potential concerns.
- More robust and easy-to-use report forms for
commissioners. This will resolve the current
navigation challenges that require additional time
when entering visit reports.
- Mobile platform deployment for use on handheld
and other devices. The tools will still be accessible
through Web browsers on laptops and PCs.
We're very excited about proceeding with the next generation
of tools for commissioners and look forward to sharing
information in the future.
Another opportunity recently presented itself to a group of
commissioners: the formation of a Commissioner Information
Technology Toolbox Focus Group. Our charter and scope is to
concentrate on how to give commissioners access to track and
review unit health to align with Journey to Excellence metrics.
We hope to answer this question: What do commissioners need
to best perform their Scouting role? In addition to the need to
replace the current tracking tool for visits, what other areas
does a commissioner need insight into to provide guidance for
strengthening the administration of the Scouting program? (These
could include advancement, charter renewal, growth, Friends of
Commissioners in all regions will participate, but we need
to move swiftly. We plan to gather and refine the requirements
we have been collecting and present them to the development
team by the end of October. If all goes according to schedule, the
commissioner tools will be released in January.