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Greater Portland Pulse

Project ID: 496
CIC Member?:
Active Project?:
Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 02/19/15
Project LocationPortland, OR
State/ProvinceOregon and Washington
Lead OrganizationMetro and Portland State University
Type of OrganizationOther

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):
Subneighborhood, Neighborhood, County, Watershed, Metropolitan, Ecoregion, Multi-County, Sub-State Region, Multi-State Region

Issue Areas:
Arts and Culture, Children/Youth/Families, Climate Change, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Health, Housing, Infrastructure, Land Use, Population, Poverty, Public Safety, Social, Transportation, Volunteerism


Project Description

Greater Portland Pulse (GPP) is a growing partnership that uses both data and dialogue to encourage coordinated action for better results across the region. Greater Portland Pulse data shows where the region is successful and where it's lagging behind in economy, education, health, safety, the arts, civic engagement, environment, housing and transportation; as well as where there's progress and where there's work to be done. The indicators often reflect who's being left behind and how communities, and the region, are impacted as a result. Beyond measurement, indicators provide a road map for public and private action. GPP provides a way to track progress toward a vision of desired outcomes shared by many partners, stakeholders, and citizens. Short term, GPP offers an immediate ability to improve decision-making, stakeholder/partner alignment, and citizen engagement. Long term, through improved decision-making, alignment, and individual choices, GPP can keep the region on track in achieving desired outcomes for equitable, prosperous, and sustainable communities.

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Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes
Approximately 70 indicators, 58 with data at present, are organized into seven topics: economic opportunity, education, healthy people, safe people, arts and culture, civic engagement, healthy environment, quality housing and communities, and access and mobility.

Does this project have Performance Measures?: No
These indicators are about societal progress, not necessarily organizational performance. However, some retain the performance measure language, especially for Metro, greater Portland's elected regional government (the only one in the U.S.), because their six desired outcomes are directly measured by Greater Portland Pulse indicators.

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

Contact Information

Liza Morehead
Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies Portland State University
PO Box 751 Portland
Portland, Oregon 972017-0751
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