3. Culture


The Governor’s 2021 State of the State highlighted the value of qualitative data and individual experiences to inform how the Governor’s recommended budget would help build a stronger, more equitable future for all residents. For example, the Governor’s Racial Justice Council provided community feedback through the Council’s membership and prioritization of evidence-based processes for the development of the Governor’s recommended budget, which was delivered to the Legislature as part of the 2021 legislative session. Beyond the budget recommendations and State of the State address, the Governor provides public pandemic status updates (press conferences), which demonstrate data’s value in guiding decision-making. Similarly, in grappling with unprecedented wildfires, the state has relied on the Oregon Office of Emergency’s dashboard to support efforts.

Issue Areas: COVID-19, Equity