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 three 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 with the public on-site, online, and across the nation and world through compelling exhibitions, educational programs, and media products.

The Dashboard presents metrics in two additional areas:

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

To learn more, see the Smithsonian Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2017-2022 (link forthcoming).

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

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

Smithsonian Museums, Research Centers, and other Units/Locations

Acronym Full Name Short Name

OSEC

Office of the Secretary

Secretary

ODI Office of Diversity Initiatives Diversity/OEEMA
OGC Office of General Counsel General Counsel

BoR

Board of Regents

Regents

OREG Office of the Regents Regents Office
OIG Office of the Inspector General Inspector General

OUSMRP

Office of the Under Secretary for Museums and Research/Provost

Provost

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
FSGA Freer|Sackler Galleries of Art Freer|Sackler
HMSG Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden Hirshhorn
MCI Museum Conservation Institute Museum Conservation
NASM National Air & Space Museum Air & Space-Mall
NASM-UHC National Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center Air & 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-Cult Res
NMNH National Museum of Natural History Natural History
NPG National Portrait Gallery Portrait Gallery
NPM National Postal Museum Postal
NZP National Zoological Park National Zoo
OFI Office of Fellowships and Internships Fellows & Interns
RC Dillon Ripley Center Ripley
RG Renwick Gallery Renwick
SAAM Smithsonian American Art Museum American Art
SAO Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Astrophysical Observatory
SCBI Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Conservation Biology
SERC Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Environmental Research
SIA Smithsonian Institution Archives SI Archives
SIB Smithsonian Castle SI Castle
SIL Smithsonian Libraries SI Libraries
SISP Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press Scholarly Press
SLC Smithsonian Latino Center Latino Ctr
SMSFP Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce NMNH-Fort Pierce
STRI Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Tropical Research

OUSFA CFO

Office of the Under Secretary for Finance & Administration/Chief Financial Officer

Under Sec Fin & Admin

AP Accessibility Program Accessibility
OCIO Office of the Chief Information Officer Chief, Information
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
OP&A Office of Policy and Analysis Policy & Analysis
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
SIE Smithsonian Exhibits Exhibits
SOPS Smithsonian Office of Protection Services Protection Serv

OASEA

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access

 Asst Sec Educ & Access

SA Smithsonian Affiliations Affiliations
SCLDA Smithsonian Center for Learning & Digital Access Learning & Digital Access
SA Smithsonian Associates Associates
SITES Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Traveling Exhibits
SSEC Smithsonian Science Education Center Science Education

OASCEA

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Communications & External Affairs

Asst Sec Comm & Ext Afr

OGR Office of Government Relations Govt Relations
OIR Office of International Relations Intl Relations
OPA Office of Public Affairs Public Affairs
OSEP Office of Special Events and Protocol Special Events
OVS Office of Visitor Services  Visitor Services

OASA

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Advancement

Asst Sec Advance

OA&PG Office of Advancement & Philanthropic Giving Advancement

Other

SEEC Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Early Enrichment Ctr