McCall is best known for landmark environmental initiatives, but he was also a pioneer of performance management. His systematic
and outcome-based planning extended to government budgeting and management of public programs. This is documented in the
1968 "Proposed Accomplishments for Oregon State Government 1969-1971" and the 1970 "Goals for a Livable Oregon:
An Action Partnership for the '70s."
McCall set performance measures not only for state programs, but local and federal programs. He wrote that "Goals
for a Livable Oregon" was a "successful effort in bringing greater rationality to state decisions and providing
a means for holding governments accountable for their levels of accomplishment."