This week Greater Portland Pulse launched a new website designed to make it easier to access local and regional indicators and data that may be used to measure progress towards regional priorities.
Greater Portland Pulse (GPP) is an online platform that provides a foundation for informed decision making. It educates users about regional priorities and provides information about the progress we are making toward these priorities. It does this through the provision of data, context, and by providing opportunities for dialogue. GPP is a project of the Institute of Metropolitan Studies in the College of Urban and Public Affairs.
The new GPP’s indicators are organized around a revamped set of themes and cross-referenced among these themes when necessary. The website also features a more user-friendly design and a new interface for charts and graphs.
In working toward better opportunities for comparison and greater consistency across the site, all indicators will now be viewable at three levels: local (county and/or metro area), state and national. In the past, indicators were often measured at a variety of geographic tiers and lacked comparable data outside the region. While some Census tract–level data were removed in the redesign, a great deal of new state- and US-level data has been added. With the view that more data is not always better data, we hope that this will prove more useful to all.
As part of Greater Portland Pulse’s redevelopment, we also have expanded our geographic coverage. GPP will now provide data for all seven counties in the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The MSA covers Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties in Oregon and Clark and Skamania Counties in Washington.
For more information, visit: www.portlandpulse.org