SORA Fall Event-2018

We were fortunate to have two great speakers at our 2018 fall event.

Michael Kuhn –  Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oregon – Behavioral Economics in the Workplace

Megan Bolton – Research Analyst, Oregon Housing & Community Services – Statewide Housing Plan/Needs Assessment

If you missed these great seminars or want a refresher, check them out below:

Behavioral Economics in the Workplace

Michael Kuhn –  Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oregon

Statewide Housing Plan/Needs Assessment

Megan Bolton – Research Analyst, Oregon Housing & Community Services



SORA Summer Event – August 30, 2018

“Let Me Tell You About My Data!”

Thursday, August 30th at 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Hopheads Brewery and Bottle Shop (formerly Capitol Taproom)
150 High St SE in Downtown Salem

2:00-2:15 pm: Presentation I
Becca Bourson
Oregon Department of Transportation
Geographic Information Services (GIS) Analyst

Becca will provide an overview of the work done by the GIS unit, available data, and how you can use it.

2:15-2:30 pm Presentation II
Henry Fields
Oregon Employment Department
Workforce Analyst for Lane County

Henry will discuss the process, results, and findings of the Employment Department’s annual Job Vacancy Survey of Employers. With over 5,000 business responses across the state in 2017, the data show key differences in how difficult it is to fill jobs in different regions, occupations, and industries. He will also share how he uses the data to help employers in Lane county understand the tightening labor market.

2:30-3:30 pm Bingo and Networking
Enjoy a game and time to connect with fellow state employees. Refreshments are provided by SEIU 217 Sub-Local and prepared by Marshall Ryan, Executive Chef at Hopheads Brewery and Bottle Shop.

For questions, contact Will Burchard at

May 24, 2018 SORA Event

Thanks for joining us on May 24. We will post video of the event here soon.

Developing a Common “Language” That Makes Comprehensive Reporting and Data Analysis Possible

Presented by Stuart Long, CIO, Clackamas Education Service District (ESD), DC Brown, Technical Services Director, Willamette ESD and Co-Director CTA, Don Wolff, CIO, Hillsboro School District and Rick Wahlstrom, CIO at Multnomah ESD, Northwest Regional ESD & Co-Director CTA.

Providing Decision Support Tools to Mainstream School and Local Government Leaders

Presented by Jeff Carew, Managing Director, Forecast5.

March 27 Event Video

Research to Inform Statewide Transfer Policy for Community Colleges and Universities
Sean Pollack, University Academic Policy Specialist, Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living – Workplace Fatalities in Oregon
Tasha Chapman, Research Analyst, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services
Karen Howard, Research Analyst, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services
James Burke, Research Analyst, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services

December 12, 2017 SORA Event. Thanks to all who participated!


Event materials:


Mak it Spatial: Tools, techniques, and tips for incorporating GIS into your research

Presentation Slides

Theresa Burcsu, Oregon GIS Framework Coordinator and Joshua Tanner, GIS Analyst and Web Administrator


Multnomah County’s BI Program

Presentation Slides

Michael Hanna


Data “Free”-dom: Rescue your data from its prison with Tableau Public, all for free!

Presentation Slides

Daniel McKay


Watch SORA’s May 4, 2017 Event

Data Sharing and Collaboration in Oregon State Government: Seamless Agency Services for Citizens
Valerie Stewart, Ph.D., Social Scientist and Administrator, Oregon Department of Human Services
View Slides

Performance Reporting Information SysteM (PRISM): Brenda and Phoebe’s Excellent Data Sharing Adventure (begins at 45:00: mark in video)
Brenda Turner, PRISM Program Coordinator, Oregon Employment Department
Phoebe Colman, Performance, Policy, and Legislative Analyst, Oregon Employment Department
View Slides

Watch SORA’s Latest Presentations

Thanks to all who joined us on February 23, and thanks again to our great presenters!

Habitat Patterns and Predictors of Sage-Grouse in Oregon
Theresa Burcsu, Oregon GIS Framework Coordinator, OSCIO Geospatial Enterprise Office
This session focused on how remote sensing is being used to inform policy decisions in wildlife management.

Report Visuals: Key to Communication
Rebecca Brinkley , Performance Auditor, Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division
Rebecca talked about how visual representations of data are used to enhance communication effectiveness in Audits Division reporting. View Rebecca’s presentation for more details.


Share Your Job Posting on SORA’s Job Announcement Email List

SORA is pleased to announce a new mailing list for announcing open positions within the state related to data, research and statistics. The list is called SORA_Job_Announcements. Anyone can subscribe to the list and find out about exciting new opportunities in Oregon state government.

If you’re interested in seeing what is out there, or if you have job openings you’d like to post, subscribe to the list! Tell your friends. Pass the word. We hope that individuals outside of state employment will also discover the list and use this resource to look for jobs.

You can subscribe to this list and create announcements using the list by visiting:

If you wish to announce a job, please include as much information as possible including a link to the position announcement and information about how to apply. The list will accept attachments up to 5Mb in size.

SORA Summer Mixer – Thank You!

The SORA Summer Mixer on July 21 was a great success! We learned about the new minimum wage structure in Oregon, and had an enlightening discussion on sharing data and analysis across agencies. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

We hope you’ll join us again for our fall event, which will be announced soon.