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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.

The Program Evaluation Division's 2018–19 Work Plan was approved by the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee on April 9, 2018.


Evaluation Projects Underway:

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.

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.

Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. This evaluation will examine the effectiveness of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), a private nonprofit organization that was created in 2014 through legislation and is responsible for a number of economic development “marketing and sales” functions that previously resided within the North Carolina Department of Commerce. These responsibilities include new business recruitment; existing industry support; international trade and export assistance; small business counseling; and tourism, film, and sports promotion.

NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program (NRCS-EQIP). This evaluation will examine the efficiency and effectiveness of the grant application process for stream restoration evaluations administered by the Division of Water Resources of the Department of Environmental Quality under the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (US Department of Agriculture) Environmental Quality Incentive Program. This program provides grants for stream restoration evaluations conducted on agricultural or non-industrial forest lands.

Modernizing Spirituous Liquor Sales in NC. This evaluation will examine whether other systems for alcohol beverage control are appropriate for North Carolina. This evaluation will provide a review of other alcohol beverage control systems, including the State of Washington, which recently changed its beverage control system from state government control of wholesale and retail control of spirituous liquor to a licensure model. The Program Evaluation Division’s report North Carolina's Alcohol Beverage Control System Is Outdated and Needs Modernization recommended that the General Assembly consider whether the current system of alcohol beverage control needed further modernization.


Evaluation Projects Pending:

Sedimentation and Stormwater Control Programs. This evaluation will examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the sedimentation and stormwater control permit programs administered by the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources (DEMLR) in the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). DEMLR administers the State Sedimentation Control Program and the federally mandated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Permit Program. Both programs issue permits intended to prevent sediment pollution from leaving construction sites and protect North Carolina surface waters. This evaluation will consider whether program activities provided by both programs are duplicative.

Services for Students with Disabilities. This evaluation will examine the provision of services for students with disabilities at home and in school including State and federal guidelines and policies for determining the need for and the appropriate setting for services (in school, at home, or other setting). The evaluation will also examine how Medicaid and other funding sources pay for these services including ensuring that services are medically necessary and not duplicated across settings.

American School Systems with High Student Outcomes and Predominantly Economically Disadvantaged Student Populations. This evaluation will identify at least 10 high performing American school systems with predominantly economically disadvantaged student populations and compare the systems on several variables (e.g., pupil academic performance outcomes, charter school prevalence, student mobility, per pupil funding by source, total system and school average daily membership, pupil special need, school lunch assistance percentages, school calendars). In addition, this evaluation will explore reasons for the better outcomes of these systems and report on any common best practices applicable to North Carolina.


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