The Oregon Progress Board is unique in the way it publicly reports performance data. Other governments, including British Columbia, (1) Tasmania, (2) and South Australia (3) emulate aspects of Oregon's system. But unlike Oregon, they do not publicly link public entity performance measures directly to societal goals and progress indicators. Oregon's system wraps externally reported government data in the context of societal goals. This provides a framework that can enhance public understanding of the purpose of government and encourage a more integrated, systemwide approach to better results.
The governor and Legislature launched Oregon's current system in 1989 with a statewide strategic plan called Oregon Shines, (4) companion progress indicators called Oregon Benchmarks, (5) and an independent Progress Board to track progress and keep the plan current. The benchmarks offer evidence about Oregon's economic, social, and environmental wellbeing. In 2007, the Progress Board launched benchmarks.oregon.gov, an interactive Web site that links the Oregon Shines goals and 91 high-level benchmarks to state agency performance measures.
Benchmarks.oregon.gov is the portal to Oregon's high-level planning and reporting system. Because state agencies self-link their organizational performance measures to pertinent benchmarks as part of the budget process, benchmarks.oregon.gov also serves as an external performance reporting tool for state government. State agencies' performance data linked to high-level benchmark data provides a societal framework for public entity performance.
Here are some of the principles that underpin benchmarks.oregon.gov.
* Oregon Benchmarks were developed to track progress toward a statewide plan. Some community indicator systems arise from a process that does not include planned goals and targets. In contrast, Oregon Benchmarks come from a societal-level planning process. Benchmarks track Oregon's progress in seven categories aligned to the Oregon Shines goals (see Exhibit 1).
* Oregon Shines and the benchmarks are about advancing Oregon's wellbeing in a sustainable manner. Oregon Shines …