Data visualization mapping can help us achieve the Portland Plan goals
The City of Portland is stepping up its collaboration with Greater Portland Pulse to ensure that the Portland Plan Measures of Success data are tracked and updated on a regular basis. Greater Portland Pulse is the regional indicator effort coordinated by Portland State University’s (PSU) Institute of Metropolitan Studies. The City’s collaboration with Greater Portland Pulse will help the Portland Plan partners monitor key indicators of community health and prosperity, such as obesity rates, air quality standards and income distribution.
Using data visualization tools available through Greater Portland Pulse, both the City and Portland State University can highlight the progress in the city and the region toward more equitable, prosperous and healthy communities. This effort can also help reveal issues — geographic, economic or social — that we collectively need to pay more attention to.
The maps below are an example of how we can sort, arrange and visually represent data — and track it over time — using the tool “Weave,” which makes interacting with and studying the data accessible and engaging for anyone with an interest in graphic representation of statistics.
Take a look at the high school graduation rates for different classes from 2008-11, for example. Studying the map and data, you’ll notice the subtle shifts over the last few school years not only in the school districts that serve Portland proper, but also in the region as a whole.
Mapping the Portland Plan Measures of Success
At the heart of the Portland Plan is equity. Actions in the plan attempt to address disparities based on class and race. The maps and charts shown here are just one way to gauge our progress toward a more equitable Portland. In this case, using the Greater Portland Pulse data visualization tool, you can see the gap in graduation rates between students of color and white and Asian students. Lower graduation rates are associated with lower employment opportunities, as well as other measures of success. The visualization tool can help to illuminate these gaps, thus increasing awareness and elevating the issue of disparities across class and different population groups.
Over the coming year, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Institute of Metropolitan Studies will be working together to highlight those measures that matter to you. From education to economic opportunity, affordable housing to how we get around, and a healthy environment to healthy people, the collaboration between the City and the Greater Portland Pulse project will help keep decision-makers and residents, too, on track toward a shared desired future: a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable Portland.
Visit www.myportlandplan.com to learn what you can do today to make Portland better tomorrow.
High School Graduation Rates 2008-2009
High School Graduation Rates 2009-2010
High School Graduation Rates 2010-2011