Measuring Livability and Performance
The Oregon Progress Board was created in the late 1980s to develop statewide livability indicators and monitor progress on Oregon's statewide strategic plan. It certainly...
The Oregon Progress Board was created in the late 1980s to develop statewide livability indicators and monitor progress on Oregon's statewide strategic plan. It certainly lives up to its name with the release of its 2009 Benchmark Highlights Report. An online "generator" was put in place a few years ago to give citizens and policy makers an opportunity to easily dig down into individual objectives and measures, and it has now been altered to make the benchmarks easier to find. Particularly worthy of note is the way the report helpfully disaggregates data: Some 30 of the state's 90 benchmarks can be tracked down to the county level, and the Progress Board has tried to increase the utility of the benchmarks by creating special Web pages for each state Senate district. Slide shows, oriented to specific counties, also help legislators focus on how counties within their districts stack up against others. For more information about the Oregon Progress Board, check out Jonathan Walters' Citizens & Performance article from the April 2008 issue of Governing. (This Idea Center item first appeared in the March 5th B&G Report, which is part of Governing's biweekly management e-newsletter. To subscribe to any of Governing's e-letters, click here.)
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