The Oregon Economics Blog

This blog seeks to comment on economic issues that matter to the state of Oregon. These issues may be local, state or national but in some way matter to Oregon and Oregonians. The goal of this blog is to eschew politics as much as possible and give an economist's perspective on economics and public policy as it relates to Oregon.

Community Health Information Project for Marion and Polk Counties (CHIP)

A partnership of public and private groups and community members to collect consistent, reliable, local data in order to help communities assess the health of our neighborhoods and cities. The PPRC has developed a website that tracks these indicators.

EXternal PErformance Reporting Toolkit (ExPeRT)

This project seeks to support governments interested in preparing high-quality performance reports. We rely primarily on the guidance from the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and the Certificate of Achievement program from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).

Measuring Government Performance: Researcher Says More Tools Will Encourage Governments to Get Started

Read Ken Smith's recent interview by the Association for Government Accountants.

Federal Acquisition and Contracting

Learnable lessons for public managers and executives include mitigating conflict spirals, identifying a pathology of conflict within agencies, and adjusting the alignment of management practices to improve performance by encouraging productive conflicts and discouraging unproductive ones.

The IBM Center for The Business of Government recently approved this project as one of nine funded for Fall 2010.