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Measuring Virginia

Virginia Performs shows you how the state is doing in areas that affect the quality of life for you and your family. Explore these pages (main menu above) to learn more about the Commonwealth's performance from region to region and compared to other states. For more data about your own community, you can explore our regional and locality performance maps. You can also see how Virginia state government is working on your behalf on our Agency Planning and Performance pages.

Measuring What Matters

Scorecard at a Glance: 2014 Trend Changes

The 49 societal indicators tracked through Virginia Performs show that the Commonwealth continues generally to acquit itself well.

Over the past year, 8 indicators have seen shifts in performance significant enough to warrant a trend (arrow) change. Some of the most important are in Virginia's overall health status: After 6 consecutive years of deteriorating performance, Health Insurance coverage went from Worsening to Maintaining. Obesity data also showed a similar turnaround (though due to changes in methodology, we have just 2 years for comparison). But both are welcome signs of continued improvement on outcomes that health professionals and citizens have each worked hard to better.

Infrastructure Condition also reversed a 4-year trend of declining performance to earn a change to Improving. In 2013 the percentage of Virginia bridges rated in poor condition dropped to its lowest rate in a decade (26.1%), while paved road conditions for interstate and primary routes worked their way back to 2006 levels -- 84.0% and 83.3%, respectively.

The remaining trend changes reveal a Virginia maintaining performance levels after seeing more dramatic improvements in prior years.

Trending Upward Holding Steady
Infrastructure Condition Personal Income
Health Insurance School Readiness
Obesity College Graduation
  Recidivism
  Traffic Fatalities

To see performance trends for all 49 indicators, check out the Scorecard at a Glance.

Priorities Assessment

Virginia Performs now offers additional new tools for assessing progress on Virginia's highest priorities -- many of which transcend agency or other organizational boundaries and require collaborative effort in order to affect performance in a meaningful way.

These assessment tools are available in a new section on Virginia Performs -- Priorities Assessment -- and currently include Enterprise Strategic Priorities and 3 issue-specific report cards on workforce development, state government operations, and economic innovation and entrepreneurship.

The new Priorities Assessment content is available from any page on the site through a link ("Priorities Assessment") at top right.



From the Governor of Virginia:

The Commonwealth of Virginia is a spectacular place to live. We treasure the heritage and resources that contribute to our high quality of life, but it takes constant planning and fine tuning to maintain this quality and make needed improvements.

This website, brought to you by the Council on Virginia's Future, shows you how we measure the state's performance, plan for the future and monitor our progress. Explore the links above to see how we're working to make Virginia strong and healthy.

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