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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 MEETINGS CANCELLED

The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee meetings scheduled for September 17, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. and September 18, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. have been cancelled.

LEGISLATION UPDATE

The 2017–18 legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly has ended. The General Assembly enacted three session laws with language derived from PED report recommendations. Our Legislative Tracking resource lists all enacted and unenacted legislation pertaining to PED from the recently-completed session.

CURRENT EVALUATIONS

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

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 May 22, 2018, the News and Observer reported on potential cost savings for the Department of Administration recommended by PED's report, Opportunities Exist to Improve the Efficiency of the State’s Administrative Services.

On April 9, 2018, the News and Observer reported on the shortage of nurses in public schools as described in PED's May 2017 report, Meeting Current Standards for School Nurses Statewide May Cost Up to $79 Million Annually, which was publicly presented during that day's meeting of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee.

Recent Reports

Opportunities Exist to Enhance the Effectiveness of the Educator Preparation Program Data Reporting System
 
Follow-up Report: Implementation of PED Recommendations Has Improved Local ABC Board Profitability and Operational Efficiency
 
Opportunities Exist to Improve the Efficiency of the State’s Administrative Services
 
Measurability Assessment: Department of Administration Programs
 
VIPER and FirstNet are Vital for Public Safety Interoperability, but VIPER Requires Upgrades
   
Local Education Funding Dispute Resolution Process Is Effective and Economical, but Litigation Could Be Eliminated
 
Meeting Current Standards for School Nurses Statewide May Cost Up to $79 Million Annually
   
Program Evaluation Division, North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Office Building, Suite 100
300 North Salisbury Street , Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 - 919-301-1404