The August 2016 Public Insight release provides extensive improvements in search capabilities, data source audit trails, and multi-level database extracts. The text searching capability allows you to type any search term and Public Insight will return a list of data sources and path to the metrics containing the search term. For example, the words “health insurance” could retrieve any topic or metric containing those combinations of word such as demographic or health data. Search terms can be very granular such as typing “eye” to get any medical procedure based on the eye.

The update also provides a multi-level hierarchy export option that can seamlessly integrate with visualization tools like Tableau. This exporting is made even more powerful through the new data source audit trails that can accompany any data extract. For example, a data analyst could construct a view of awards and tuition and provide users a navigation path down categories of awards based on ranges of tuition.