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Program Evaluation Division Work Plan

The Program Evaluation Division is assigned projects in two ways:

  • As outlined in our statute, requests for program evaluations must come from a member of the General Assembly. The cochairs of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, with assistance from the Division Director, develop a proposed biennial work plan based on suggestions for evaluations submitted by members. The JLPEOC votes to approve the biennial work plan and can vote to amend it at any time during the biennium.
  • In addition, the General Assembly can pass legislation directing the Program Evaluation Division to perform a study.

The Program Evaluation Division's 2019–20 Work Plan was approved by the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee on June 10, 2019.


Evaluation Projects Underway:

Child Protection Screening. This evaluation will examine the effectiveness of the child protective screening process used by county departments of social services and determine whether there are differences in how county departments of social services approach child protection screening and identify the need for a child protection response. The evaluation will also evaluate state supervision and guidelines for child protection screening. In North Carolina, child protective services are state-supervised by the Department of Health and Human Services and county-administered by 100 county departments of social services. Child protection screening is the process used by county departments of social services to determine whether reports of child maltreatment require a child protection response.

Organizational Layers in the Department of Environmental Quality. This evaluation will examine the organizational layers of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) by conducting a bottom-up review of all supervisory, managerial, and executive positions and examine levels of approval required for issuance of permits for more complex industrial and agricultural activities. The Program Evaluation Division’s report Most Departments’ Spans of Control and Number of Organizational Layers Do Not Meet Recommended Levels found that DEQ had 10 organizational layers, which exceeded the statewide standard of 7 and was the fourth highest among the 21 principal departments.

Housing Finance Agency. This evaluation will examine the efficiency and effectiveness of the NC Housing Finance Agency. The agency’s mission is to create affordable housing opportunities for North Carolinians whose needs are not met by the market.

ABC Violations. This evaluation, directed by Session Law 2019-182, will examine the actions the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is authorized to take under G.S. 18B-104 for violations of Chapter 18B of the General Statutes, to include examination of the proportionality of the punishment that may be imposed under G.S. 18B-104 in relation to the violation, the remainder of the law set forth in G.S. 18B-104 to identify any areas in which the law may be lacking, and the process utilized and punishment authorized by other alcoholic beverage control states for violations of their alcoholic beverage laws.

Military Licensure Practices. This study, directed by Session Law 2019-201, will examine the extent to which the provisions of G.S. 93B-15.1 have improved the ability of military-trained applicants and military spouses to become licensed by occupational licensing boards in the State.

Department of Public Safety Reorganization. This study, directed by Session Law 2019-236, will examine alternative organization and management structures for the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice of the Department of Public Safety, including the following alternatives: (1) creation of the Department of Correction; (2) creation of the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; (3) establishment of the Division of Correction; (4) establishment of the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and (5) establishment of the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice.

NCFAST Child Welfare Case Management. This study, directed by Session Law 2019-240, will examine the case-management functionality of the child welfare component of NC FAST.


Evaluation Projects Pending:

Diversity in the Teacher Workforce. This evaluation will examine the effectiveness of North Carolina's current efforts to increase diversity in the teacher workforce. It will explore whether other states are engaging in effective efforts and will report on any promising practices applicable to North Carolina.

Stonewall Jackson School. This study will examine legislative options for disposing of the Stonewall Jackson School campus in Cabarrus County in ways that would ensure historic preservation. This study will be exempt from the mandatory evaluation components in GS § 120-36.14(b).

NC Innovations Waiver Services (Medicaid). This evaluation will examine the efficiency and effectiveness of the NC Innovations Waiver including eligibility determination, plan of care development and approval, development of individual budgets, and LME-MCO management and monitoring of services provided under the waiver. The North Carolina Innovations Waiver Services (NC Innovations) funds services and supports for Medicaid beneficiaries with intellectual and other related developmental disabilities who are at risk for institutional care. NC Innovations is authorized by a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under Section 1915 (c) of the Social Security Act. The current waiver was renewed and approved to be effective for five years as of August 1, 2013. Local Management Entities-Managed Care Organizations (LME-MCOs) are responsible for certain management and oversight activities for the waiver.

Regional Councils of Government. This evaluation will examine the effectiveness of the 16 Regional Councils of Government in North Carolina including an examination of overall operations, staffing, activities, performance measures, finances, and services provided to local governments. Regional councils of governments are authorized under state law and executive order, and they provide programs and services to their local governments and residents.


Measurability Assessments:

As directed by Session Law 2016-123, the General Assembly may require a measurability assessment (an independent evaluation conducted on a new or existing State program) of any proposed or existing State program to determine whether the program is or will be capable of reporting performance and return on investment. The Program Evaluation Division must use a competitive process to prequalify independent measurability assessors; establish standards for assessor qualifications, independence, and conducting and reporting measurability assessments; and select the assessor.

Program Evaluation Division, North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Office Building, Suite 100
300 North Salisbury Street , Raleigh, NC 27603-5925