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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 (horizontal main menu above) to learn more about Virginia'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

New Health Indicators Highlight Risks & Outcomes

Many organizations view health data in terms of mortality (the various causes of death) and, on the other hand, the risk factors which directly affect those outcomes. By repurposing former standalone content and combining it with a wealth of additional data, two new indicators on Virginia Performs now follow a similar structure:

  • Health Risk Factors incorporates existing content on immunization, obesity, and smoking, and adds a host of new measures -- diet, physical activity (and lack thereof), diabetes, heavy drinking, and substance abuse -- to assess the overall health risks Virginians face. The new indicator paints a much more thorough picture of the factors critical to maintaining good health.
  • Mortality and Longevity incorporates once-separate indicators on cancer, cardiovascular disease, infant mortality, life expectancy, and suicide. It also adds several new but common causes of death -- chronic lung disease, accidents, and diabetes. Together, these combined measures illustrate more fully what Virginians are dying of, as well as their typical longevity rates.

Priorities Assessment

Virginia Performs now offers additional tools for assessing progress on Virginia's highest priorities. Many priorities go beyond organizational boundaries and require cooperative effort in order to affect performance in a meaningful way.

Tools for gauging that progress include Governor McAuliffe's 2014 Enterprise Strategic Priorities, as well as issue-focused report cards that have been collaboratively developed, often with partners outside state government.

Priorities Assessment content is available from any page on the site via a text link 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.

-- Governor Terry McAuliffe