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 status of each of our current evaluations is updated on a weekly basis.
During its 2013–14 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted six Session Laws derived in full or in part from reports published by PED.
PED periodically issues follow-up reports documenting agency actions undertaken in response to the division's evaluations, including self-directed efforts as well as changes mandated by legislation. Our latest follow-up reports concern the Workforce Development System and Social Services Administration.
The Program Evaluation Division has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Evaluation Award from the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES). The Excellence in Evaluation Award is presented to an office that is determined to have made significant contributions to the field of legislative program evaluation during a four-year period. The Excellence in Evaluation Award is awarded to only one office across the country in a given year.
A Charlotte Observer column published on July 15, 2014 concerning prescription drug abuse spotlighted the findings and recommendations of PED's April report, North Carolina Needs to Strengthen Its System for Monitoring and Preventing the Abuse of Prescribed Controlled Substances.
A June 12, 2014 News & Observer column on university tuition noted the clarity of PED's findings related to the the rising costs of higher education from the division's December 2013 report, The UNC System Needs a More Comprehensive Approach and Metrics for Operational Efficiency.