Dashboard Introduction and Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Smithsonian Dashboard!

As a public trust, the Smithsonian is committed to using data and empirical evidence to assess its performance and report results to its stakeholders.

The Dashboard presents metrics used to assess performance results and organizational accountability across the major programs and functions of the Institution, as well as numbers that tell the story of the Smithsonian’s amazing scope and reach.  

Metrics are organized under four major areas where the Smithsonian carries out its mission – the increase and diffusion of knowledge:

  • Research: We create knowledge through high-impact research in science, art, history, and culture.

  • National Collections: We preserve our national and natural heritage, as well as aspects of other cultures, by caring for and expanding the National Collections.

  • Public Engagement: We share knowledge and engage with the public on-site, online, and across the nation and world through compelling exhibitions, educational programs, and media products.

  • Virtual Smithsonian: We aim to reach audiences worldwide through online engagement and ensure every home and classroom has access to the Smithsonian’s digital content.

The Dashboard presents metrics in two additional areas:

  • People and Operations: Our mission-supporting functions.
  • One Smithsonian: Qualitative examples of interdisciplinary and cross-Smithsonian activities that bridge the other areas and tackle big issues.

To learn more, see the Smithsonian Strategic Plan.

Navigating the Smithsonian Dashboard

Navigation aids

The navigation bar at the top of each page (under the section title) will take you to the five sections of the Dashboard and back to Dashboard Home.

navigation bar showing 5 sections: Metrics Dashboard, Research, National Collections, Public Engagement, People & Operations, and One Smithsonian

Smaller navigation bars below the introductory text will take you to the performance areas in each section.

Smaller navigation buttons showing example for Collections Holdings, Collections Digitization, Collections Care, and Collections Loans

Clicking on the “up” arrow located at the lower right side of the page will take you back to the top of the page.

Red circle button with arrow pointing up to signify 'Back to Top' of the page

How can I get more information from the displays? 

Frequently the Dashboard provides more information from second and third level information platforms or sources. 

  • Sometimes the Dashboard offers further information from other Smithsonian websites. Look for the light blue hyperlinks.

Sample text showing regular font and hyperlinked font

  • The metrics often provide the option of filtering by Smithsonian unit or other units of measure. Click on the “down” arrow on the right to see the drop-down selection.

Example showing dropdown for filtering options

  • Sometimes the graphic displays on the right have an option for additional metric presentations. Click on the gray buttons.

Example of a button that opens a new window with a graph

  • “Hand” icons indicate there is more information when you place your cursor over an object (or click on the object if you are using a mobile device).


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Smithsonian Unit?

For administration purposes, the Smithsonian refers to individual museums, research centers, education centers, and offices as "units".

What is a Fiscal Year?

A Fiscal Year (FY) is the 12-month period that defines the U.S. government budget. It runs from October 1 through September 30. For example, FY 2017 began on October 1, 2016 and ends on September 30, 2017. FY 2018 is from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

What is a Quarter?

A Quarter (Q) is a three-month period of the financial calendar. The four Quarters that define the U.S. government budget are Q1 = October to December, Q2 = January to March, Q3 = April to June, and Q4 = July to September. 

Other Questions?

Contact us at: dashboard@si.edu

Museums, Research Centers, and other Units/Locations

Acronym Full Name Short Name
Office of the Secretary
ODI Office of Diversity Initiatives Diversity/OEEMA
OGC Office of General Counsel General Counsel
Board of Regents
OREG Office of the Regents Regents Office
OIG Office of the Inspector General Inspector General
Office of the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
Deputy Secretary
Office of the Under Secretary for Museums and Culture
Under Sec Museums & Culture
AAA Archives of American Art Archives American Art
ACM Anacostia Community Museum Anacostia
AIB Arts & Industries Building Arts & Industries
APAC Asian Pacific American Center Asian Pac American Ctr
CFCH Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage Folklife
CHM Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Cooper Hewitt
DWRC Donald W. Reynolds Center Reynolds Ctr
F|S Freer Gallery and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art Asian Art
HMSG Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden Hirshhorn
NASM National Air and Space Museum Air and Space-Mall
NASM-UHC National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center Air and Space-Udvar Hazy
NCP National Collections Program Collections Program
NMAAHC National Museum of African American History & Culture African American
NMAFA National Museum of African Art African Art
NMAH National Museum of American History American History
NMAI National Museum of the American Indian American Indian-DC
NMAI-NY National Museum of the American Indian–New York, the George Gustav Heye Center American Indian-NY
NMAI-CRC National Museum of the American Indian Cultural Resources Center American Indian-CRC
NPG National Portrait Gallery Portrait Gallery
NPM National Postal Museum Postal
RC Dillon Ripley Center Ripley
RG Renwick Gallery Renwick
SAAM Smithsonian American Art Museum American Art
SIB Smithsonian Castle Castle
SIE Smithsonian Exhibits SI Exhibits
SLC Smithsonian Latino Center Latino Ctr
Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Research
Under Sec Science & Research
MCI Museum Conservation Institute Museum Conservation
NMNH National Museum of Natural History Natural History
NZP/SCBI National Zoological Park/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute National Zoo/Conservation Biology
SAO Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Astrophysical Observatory
SERC Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Environmental Research
SLA Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Libraries & Archives
SISP Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press Scholarly Press
SMSFP Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce NMNH-Fort Pierce
STRI Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Tropical Research
Office of the Under Secretary for Administration
Under Sec Administration
AS Access Smithsonian Access SI
OCIO Office of the Chief Information Officer Information Technology
OCon&PPM Office of Contracting & Personal Property Management Contracting
OF&A Office of Finance & Accounting Finance
OFMR Office of Facilities Management and Reliability Facilities Mgmt
OHR Office of Human Resources Human Resources
OPMB Office of Planning, Management and Budget Budget
OSP Office of Sponsored Projects Sponsored Projects
SE Smithsonian Enterprises Enterprises
SF Smithsonian Facilities Facilities
SG Smithsonian Gardens Gardens
SOAR Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research Org. & Audience Research
SOPS Smithsonian Office of Protection Services Protection Services
Office of the Under Secretary for Education 
 Under Sec Education
OET Office of Education Technology Edu Tech
OFI Office of Fellowships and Internships Interns & Fellows
SA/SITES Smithsonian Affiliations and Traveling Exhibition Service Affiliations & Trav Exhs
TSA Smithsonian Associates Associates
SSEC Smithsonian Science Education Center Science Education
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer
Asst Sec Communication & External Affairs
OGR Office of Government Relations Govt Relations
OPA Office of Public Affairs Public Affairs
OSEP Office of Special Events and Protocol Special Events
OVS Office of Visitor Services  Visitor Services
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Advancement
Asst Sec Advancement
OA&PG Office of Advancement & Philanthropic Giving Advancement
SEEC Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Early Enrichment Ctr


Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research/OCIO