Greater Portland Pulse

Active Project? Yes
Year Project Began: 2011
Year of Last Input: 2017
Last Updated: Feb 3 2018
Project Location:
Portland, OR
State / Province:
Oregon and Washington
Lead Organization:
Metro and Portland State University
Type of Organization:

Geographic Scope

Municipality, County , Metropolitan, Multi-County, Other

Issue Areas

Arts and Culture, Children & Youth, Civic Engagement, Climate Change, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Infrastructure, Land Use, Poverty, Public Safety, Social, Transportation, Population


Greater Portland Pulse (GPP) began life as the Greater Portland-Vancouver Indicators project in spring of 2010 with the formation of an advisory committee and nine results teams. The results teams spent eighteen months identifying what would become the GPP indicators.

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.

Project URL

Reporting Format

Bi- or Tri-Annual Report, Online Reporting, Online Dashboard, Interactive Online Display

Other Partners

City County, State/Province, United Way, College/University Public Health Dept., Federal/National Agency

Project Contact:

Liza Morehead
Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies Portland State University - Educational Organization
Portland Oregon U.S.A.

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