Our very own Liza Morehead, Director of Research and Web Development at GPP, presented today at OPEN's annual conference in Portland. She discussed GPP's online indicators—and the part they play in helping community members evaluate progress toward regional goals—as part of a panel discussion entitled "Tracking and Sharing Community Indicators Using Interactive Technology." She presented alongside representatives of two other community measurement projects: the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 and the Rural Communities Explorer. More information on the conference and its presenters may be found here.
OPEN is a professional organization for government, nonprofit, and private employees which promotes "the exchange of ideas and information to promote and encourage high-quality evaluation practices." Its annual conference is being held today at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Southeast Portland.
Census data released Tuesday show that Oregon's poverty rate in 2013 was 15.1 percent, a worryingly high number—especially when compared with the state's northern neighbor or with Oregon's own pre-recession levels. Both Washington's most recent poverty rate (12.0 percent) and Oregon's 2008 poverty rate (just 10.6 percent) are significantly lower than Oregon's latest figure, both statistically speaking and otherwise. On the other hand, when compared to California or to the United States as a whole, no statistically significant difference exists. Given that the country in general has yet to fully recover from damage done during the recession, however, this makes Oregon's 2013 rate no less concerning.
Greater Portland Pulse publishes child poverty numbers for the Portland metro area based on a three-year rolling average (the last being for 2010-12), which give a good county-by-county breakdown of this measure across the region. Multnomah County has consistently ranked highest, with around 25 percent of children living in poverty as of 2010-12. Children in Columbia County—as well as those identifying as "black/...