The Need for Standardized Metrics
Gold Shovel Standard believes “that which gets measured, can be managed,” and that things unmeasured will continue to go unmanaged.
Just as greater transparency has improved industries as disparate as law enforcement, automobiles and healthcare, Gold Shovel Standard believes it will deliver increasing benefits to our communities, as well.
Dramatic reductions in the frequency of line strikes will remain elusive unless all parties continuously improve and measurements underpin continuous improvement. Standardizing how measurements are conducted is an overdue first step to drive performance improvement and increase public and workforce safety. To achieve this ambitious plan, Gold Shovel Standard is working with balanced teams of damage prevention experts to draft, refine and broadly deploy damage prevention metrics for all stakeholders.
Human health and safety measurements have been established and broadly adopted over the last two decades, resulting in undeniable improvements in the safety of workers and the public alike. GSS raises the bar by establishing and working towards broad adoption of similar measurements for damage prevention that will result in a significant reduction in the frequency of line strikes.
In much the same way that measuring worker safety has paved the way for significant improvement (40% in 12 years; source: US Department of Labor), measurements are a necessary ingredient to a dramatic reduction in damages.
Non-Punitive Reporting and Judgment Free Role
To generate measurements for damage prevention, along with industry benchmarks for like entities, Gold Shovel Standard relies on a system of non-punitive reporting. Gold Shovel Standard does not interpret or provide analysis or judgment to data. The role of Gold Shovel Standard is to create the infrastructure for and work towards the broad adoption of standardized metrics, and does not rate or score entities based on the data.
Information reported to Gold Shovel Standard during the non-punitive reporting process remains controlled by the stakeholder who provided the data. Gold Shovel Standard will not share information with another entity without express permission to share it.
Gold Shovel Standard retains third-party specialist to evaluate the security of the data systems.
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