In 1989, Oregon embarked on a novel experiment to track the progress of the state toward a set of economic, social and environmental goals embodied in the state strategic plan Oregon Shines. The task of tracking a set of indicators to measure progress was assigned to a new state entity: the Oregon Progress Board. For two decades, the Progress Board measured the state's progress using a set of social, economic and environmental indicators. After the 2009 report was completed, however, the state decided not to continue funding the Progress Board and discontinued the tracking of state and county indicators.
This past spring, the Oregon Community Foundation began a partnership with Oregon State University's Rural Studies Program on the Tracking Oregon's Progress (or TOP) Indicators Project. This project builds upon the discontinued Oregon Progress Board Benchmarks data collection and reporting, and upon the ongoing Greater Portland Pulse indicators effort in the Portland metropolitan area.