The framework for the North Carolina Scorecard was developed
incrementally over a six-year period.
We began with the eight imperatives, or issue areas.
With much discussion and consultation, we created a
vision for each imperative, followed by specific goals
for each vision, then measures — quantitative
indicators — for judging whether the goals were
being reached, with targets for where North Carolina
should be on each measure at a given point on the calendar.
targets are set for the year 2020.
We imposed tough limits of the number of goals and measures,
to keep the total number to a manageable size. This
means we left out far more than we included, and sometimes
an omission was a painful one. Even 100 indicators cannot
draw a complete roadmap showing where North Carolina
is or is going, but we hope they do serve as critical
indicators of our progress.
As we implied, we did not develop this Scorecard on
our own. Through the years, it has involved thousands
of people: average citizens across the state, administrators
and policy makers, representatives of advocacy groups,
scholars, and public-policy specialists. They gave us
their ideas, telling us what they thought was important
and why. They critiqued our proposals and helped us
refine the end product.
Except there is no end product. The Scorecard is and
always will be a work in progress. We will need new
goals to meet new challenges. Targets will change as
we look further into the future and learn what truly
can be accomplished. And if we work hard enough and
consistently enough, one day we may be able to stamp
"Goal Accomplished" on one or more.
Over the years, we have released printed versions of
the Scorecard as the goals, measures, and targets were
selected and updated. With this online version, we will
be able to update our progress continuously, as new
data are released. We hope you will refer to it frequently.