Media Room

REMARKS AS PREPARED

Governor Kate Brown
OCID Breakfast
September ​5, 2019

Thank you for coming today. 

The Oregon Child Integrated Dataset or OCID is the only one of its kind nationwide. 

And it happened here in Oregon.

The creation of this dataset has been a labor of love, with emphasis on the labor. 

And thanks to the great folks at the Center for Evidence-based Policy, OCID will be a valuable tool to inform policy that affects thousands of Oregon children and their families.

You all know that I support government efficiency and data-based solutions. 

This is why I championed the New Motor Voter law. A bill I submitted to the legislature as Secretary of State and signed into law as governor. 

New Motor Voter automatically registers all Oregon citizens to vote, and their registration data updates every time they change their driver’s license or state ID.

The integration of DMV and voting information has put ballots into the hands of over 600,000 Oregonians since we passed the bill in 2015. That’s 600,000 people in this state whose ballots went to the wrong address, who did not know how to register, or couldn’t find the time. 

Simply moving to a data-driven opt-out system changed the game and made Oregon #1 in the nation for both voter registration and turnout.

OCID applies that same logic for supporting Oregon children and families. 

That’s why this year the legislature authorized $2 million for this effort and asked that OHSU raise another $1 million.

Pam and her team have worked tirelessly to raise what they can. But we need to fill the gap. 

That’s where you come in. It is our goal here today to secure the remaining balance so that this incredible tool can be fully-funded.

In a few minutes, you will see a sampling of OCID’s capabilities. But I’m here to give you a little preview. OCID will enable us to:

1. Examine the impact of state programs over time. OCID has data going back to 2001 and will continuously update.
2. Compile data by family instead of by agency. The program contains information from 5 different state agencies and links them together by child and family.
3. Evaluate the effectiveness and efficacy of our processes. OCID can trace the paths children and their families take through state services, and can connect those paths to outcomes.
4. And lastly, OCID more effectively targets our resources by tracking who benefits from certain types of support. 

For example, we could use information from OCID to:

More effectively raise Oregon’s graduation rate – perhaps starting before a child even begins school.
Pinpoint the programs that best prepare students to learn by population, learning style, and region.

I think you can see why this is an invaluable resource.

It increases transparency by providing key information about the health and well-being of Oregon children and families. 
 
And it holds us accountable to the facts. Because the best policies and investments have data at their foundation.  

It is high time that Oregon harnesses the power of integrated systems, like OCID. 

With your help today, Oregon policymakers will be able to work smarter, not harder.

I know I can count on all of you today to pitch in for Oregon kids. 

Thank you. I will turn it over to Pam and the Center for Evidence-based Policy.