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Performance Measures

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City of Bellingham performance measures are designed to keep the public informed by providing metrics data related to long term community legacy goals. For each legacy, a scorecard showing community indicator and City performance metrics is available:


The performance measurement system approved by City Council in 2009 has as its basis a set of twenty- to fifty-year goals or "Legacy" statements that are supported by six- to twenty-year "Strategic Commitments".

The City of Bellingham developed the performance metrics scorecards after researching available data that best illustrate community status and City performance efforts associated with adopted Legacies and Strategic Commitments (PDF).

Typically, metrics programs evolve over time as new information becomes available. We expect to add to and update the scorecards as we identify better data or find ways to clarify what is shown initially.

About the metrics

The City of Bellingham performance metrics system includes two different types of metrics:

Many of the metrics will be updated with new data annually as the data becomes available; however some data is updated on a less frequent basis. Each metric has a "Measure at a Glance" report that describes the data, provides high level definition information, and identifies goals or targets for the data if those are available.

It is hoped that the metrics data will help City leaders and the community tell if the City is meeting its commitments and achieving its goals.


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