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Welcome to the Program Evaluation Division Website

The Program Evaluation Division (PED) is a central, non-partisan unit of the Legislative Services Commission of the North Carolina General Assembly that assists the General Assembly in fulfilling its responsibility to oversee government functions. The mission of the Program Evaluation Division is to evaluate whether public services are delivered in an effective and efficient manner and in accordance with the law. The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee oversees formal evaluation of state agency programs by the Program Evaluation Division.

JLPEOC MEETING

The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee last met on June 10, 2019. Items on the agenda included a presentation of PED's report on disadvantaged school districts that demonstrate average or better performance, and a presentation to accompany PED's memo in reponse to a JLPEOC request for further research into Hurricane Matthew disaster recovery funds administered by the Department of Public Safety.

JLPEOC is next scheduled to meet on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 544 of the Legislative Office Building. Items on the agenda include presentations of forthcoming PED reports on state ports and on state-funded scholarships, grants, and educational loan programs.

LEGISLATION UPDATE

The 2019–20 legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly is currently underway. Our Legislative Tracking resource will be updated several times per week with status information on bills derived from PED report recommendations.

CURRENT EVALUATIONS

The status of each of our current evaluations is updated on a weekly basis.

HOW NORTH CAROLINA COMPARES

The Program Evaluation Division has issued its sixth edition of How North Carolina Compares, a biennial compendium of state statistics that ranks North Carolina on areas including population, health, taxes, expenditures, and education.

RFQ for MEASURABILITY ASSESSORS

The Program Evaluation Division now provides two means of examining state programs—evaluations and measurability assessments. Whereas evaluations are in-depth studies conducted of existing state programs to determine whether they are effective and efficient and in accordance with the law, measurability assessments determine whether new and existing state programs collect the performance information necessary to inform any future inquiries into their effectiveness and efficiency.

The General Assembly enacted the Measurability Assessment Act, NC G.S. 143E, in 2016. The law requires the Program Evaluation Division to contract with independent assessors to assess whether new or existing programs or pilot projects are “measurable,” i.e. lower risk and capable of reporting return on investment. Assessors will assess programs or pilots designated directly by the General Assembly or by the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee through the statutory PED work plan. The law states that agencies and programs assessed will reimburse PED for the cost of the assessment.

NEWS

On August 28, 2019, the News and Observer reported on Sen. Thom Tillis' announcement of his intention to propose legislation that would allow local governments to assume control of Hurricane Matthew disaster relief funds. In his statement, Sen. Tillis referenced PED's May 2019 report, Administrative Missteps and Lack of Expertise Led to Delays and $3.7 Million in Unnecessary State Spending for Hurricane Matthew Recovery.

On July 1, 2019, the Legislative Services Office of the North Carolina General Assembly honored Principal Program Evaluator Carol Shaw upon her retirement from state government after 35+ years of service. On behalf of the Governor, Sen. Dan Blue presented Carol with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina.

On June 10, 2019, the News and Observer reported on the presentation of PED's report, North Carolina Should Focus on Early Childhood Learning in Order to Raise Achievement in Predominantly Disadvantaged School Districts and also covered the release and discussion of PED's follow-up memo on disaster recovery funds administered by the Department of Public Safety.

Recent Reports

Follow-Up Memo on Disaster Recovery Funds Administered by the Department of Public Safety
 
Recommendations for a 340B Correctional Partnership in North Carolina
 
Administrative Missteps and Lack of Expertise Led to Delays and $3.7 Million in Unnecessary State Spending for Hurricane Matthew Recovery
 
North Carolina Should Focus on Early Childhood Learning in Order to Raise Achievement in Predominantly Disadvantaged School Districts
 
Stream Restoration Projects Receive Duplicative State Funding and Inadequate Performance Management
 
Changing How North Carolina Controls Liquor Sales Has Operational, Regulatory, and Financial Ramifications
 
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina Should Increase Private Funding and Improve Formal Coordination with Department of Commerce
 
Opportunities Exist to Improve the Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program and Recover $1.7 Million in Annual Costs
 
Program Evaluation Division, North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Office Building, Suite 100
300 North Salisbury Street , Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 - 919-301-1404