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Program Evaluation Division Work Plan

As outlined in our statute, the biennial work plan is developed by the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee and the Division Director, with input from staff. Requests for program evaluations must come from a member of the General Assembly. The Division Director will review the requests in light of staff capacity and the current work plan and will make a recommendation to the Oversight Committee as to alterations of the work plan. Any project required by state law automatically amends the work plan.


Evaluation Projects Underway:

School Construction Needs. As required by Session Law 2016-94 the Program Evaluation Division will contract with an outside entity 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. The solicitation for services will be advertised tentatively in September 2016.

Analysis of North Carolina Lottery Commission Operations. This project will evaluate whether the North Carolina State Lottery Commission is providing the maximum benefit to the State by examining the Commission’s operations, existing revenue-generating strategies, and efforts to reduce costs.

School Nurses. This project will evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of nursing services provided by public schools in North Carolina.

Education Funding Dispute Resolution. As directed by Session Law 2016-116, the Program Evaluation Division shall conduct a comprehensive study of the procedure set forth in Article 31 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes for resolving education funding disputes between local boards of education and boards of county commissioners.

Review of DOT’s Ferry Division. This project will review North Carolina’s ferry system with a focus placed on operations, operational savings, and fee structure optimization.

Management of Inmate Health Care. This project will review the efficiency and economy of medical and dental services provided for North Carolina state prison inmates.

Allocation of Attorneys. As directed by Session Law 2017-57, this project will evaluate the allocation of attorneys in State Government, including the use of general counsel within state agencies, the use of private attorneys, and the use of attorneys in the Department of Justice.

Capital Facility Security. As directed by Session Law 2017-57, this project will evaluate the current security measures for the downtown Raleigh State Government complex and options to create cost-efficient and comprehensive security plans.

Educator Preparation. This evaluation will examine EPP data and reporting requirements as well as the management and sharing of that information, and will provide a comprehensive review of the current state of EPPs using all available data and additional information collected from these programs.

VIPER and FirstNet. As directed by Session Law 2017-57, this project will evaluate the Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders (VIPER) and FirstNet technologies, examining their current state and future needs, the interoperability of the two systems, and the potential for efficiencies and cost-sharing, and identifying the most effective governance and operational financing structure to ensure equitable and reasonable cost-sharing and optimal system adoption by public safety agency stakeholders.


Evaluation Projects Pending:

Feasibility of Consolidating State Purchase of Health Care Services. This project will examine the feasibility of consolidating State purchase of health care services. Currently, the state purchase of health care services is managed by several state agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (Medicaid, Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, and Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services), Department of the State Treasurer (State Employees Health Plan), Department of Public Safety (Inmate Health Care), and the North Carolina Industrial Commission (Workers’ Compensation).

Performance of Medicaid Data Warehouse (NCAnalytics). This project will examine the performance of NCAnalytics, including whether the system is performing as intended, how the system interfaces with NCTracks, and whether the system meets the needs of the State.

Professional Educator Licensure Process. This project will examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the process for issuing licenses for teachers, school administrators, and special service personnel.

Implementation of Results First in NC. This project will authorize the Program Evaluation Division to commit staff resources to assist with the implementation of Results First in NC. Results First uses a cost-benefit model to evaluate a broad range of programs and policies using the latest research and enables policymakers to make evidencebased decisions.

Management of State Pension Fund Investments. This project will examine the management and investment strategies of retirement system investments including meeting benchmarks and the amount of fees paid for investment management.


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.

Department of Administration Administrative Activities and Programs. The Program Evaluation Division is directed to conduct measurability assessments, as provided in Chapter 143E of the General Statutes, and efficiency evaluations of programs and administrative activities of the Department of Administration to improve accountability reporting and to recommend potential cost-savings.

Principal Preparation Program. The Program Evaluation Division is directed to conduct a measurability assessment of the Principal Preparation program, including recommendations for periodic reporting of program output and program outcomes compared to objectives established for the oprogram. The recommendations shall include changes to the contract with the nonprofit by the Authority to effect periodic reporting.

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