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.
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.
The date, time, and location of the next meeting of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee is TBD.
The status of each of our current evaluations is updated on a weekly basis.
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.
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.
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.