North Carolina is undergoing rapid change — in
its population, its economic base, its patterns of settlement.
Of all the predictions for the future, only one seems
certain. More change will come, and it will come with
ever-increasing speed. As North Carolinians, our challenge
is to ensure that these changes 1) bring increasing
health and prosperity for all citizens and 2) preserve
and enhance the state's environment and quality of life.
The North Carolina Progress Board was created to help
answer this challenge.
The board serves as an independent proponent for strategic
thinking, action and accountability. Specifically, our
mission is to keep leaders and citizens alike focused
on the big picture: the long-term goals and needs of
our state and its people. This means identifying critical
issues, setting milestones, checking progress, reporting
data, recommending course corrections, and considering
and reporting imaginative solutions to jumpstart change.
Measurement. The board is most widely recognized
for its periodic Scorecards, which monitor the state's
progress toward long-term goals in critical areas.
Consensus building. Achieving long-term goals
requires commitment that outlasts the election-year
cycle. The board seeks to build a consensus across political,
social, and geographic boundaries.
Engagement. Through public discussions, publications,
analysis, and testimony, we try to keep these long-term
goals before the public and to stimulate thoughtful
discussion about programs and policies that hold the
most promise for moving us forward.
Accountability. Our Scorecard shows in concrete
terms whether the state is moving in the right direction.
It can be used to illuminate political platforms, to
judge the successes or failures of existing initiatives,
and to hold leaders accountable for results.