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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.

LEGISLATION UPDATE

The 2017–18 legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly is underway. Our Legislative Tracking resource will be updated several times per week with status information on bills derived from PED report recommendations as well as other bills related to the division.

JLPEOC MEETING

The date, time, and location of the next meeting of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee is TBD.

RFQ for MEASURABILITY ASSESSORS

PED has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to pre-qualify a pool of potential assessors from which the Division will assign assessments for its new Measurability Assessment program. PED will be recruiting continuously through December 18, 2017 and may extend the deadline.

The General Assembly enacted the Measurability Assessment Act in 2016, NC G.S. 143E. 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.

CURRENT EVALUATIONS

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

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION NEEDS ASSESSMENT

As required by Section 25.1 of S.L. 2016-94, PED has contracted with an outside entity, MGT of America Consulting, LLC to (i) perform an independent assessment of school construction needs and (ii) determine which of the local school administrative units have the highest facility needs in relation to their capacity to raise revenue to meet those needs.

HOW NORTH CAROLINA COMPARES

The Program Evaluation Division has just issued its fifth 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.

NEWS

A March 3, 2017 article in the News and Observer discussed bills introduced during the current legislative session that would grant certain school districts exemption from the school calendar law, and contrasted these requests with the findings and recommendations made by PED's February 2017 report, No Modification to North Carolina’s School Calendar Law Satisfies Multiple Competing Interests.

On February 15, 2017, the Winston-Salem Journal reported on the introduction of House Bill 6/Senate Bill 9, which would establish a Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform as recommended by PED's November 2016 report, Allotment-Specific and System-Level Issues Adversely Affect North Carolina’s Distribution of K-12 Resources.

On February 1, 2017, the Winston-Salem Journal reported on the introduction of House Bill 24/Senate Bill 22, which was derived from recommendations made by PED in its 2015 report, Unfunded Actuarial Liability for Retiree Health is Large, but State Could Save Up to $64 Million Annually by Shifting Costs to Medicare Advantage Plans.

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Recent Reports

No Modification to North Carolina’s School Calendar Law Satisfies Multiple Competing Interests
 
Most Departments’ Spans of Control and Number of Organizational Layers Do Not Meet Recommended Levels
 
Allotment-Specific and System-Level Issues Adversely Affect North Carolina’s Distribution of K-12 Resources
 
Medicaid Program Integrity Section is Not Cost-Effectively Identifying and Preventing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
 
Funding for North Carolina’s Community Colleges: A Description of the Current Formula and Potential Methods to Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness
 
PED’s Review of the North Carolina Guaranteed Admissions Program (NCGAP) Report
 
Timeliness of Medicaid Eligibility Determinations Declined Due to Challenges Imposed by NC FAST and Affordable Care Act Implementation
   
Program Evaluation Division, North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Office Building, Suite 100
300 North Salisbury Street , Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 - 919-301-1404