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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 2015–16 legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly is currently underway. Our Legislative Tracking resource will be updated several times per week with status information on bills derived from PED report recommendations.

During its 2013–14 session, the General Assembly enacted six Session Laws derived in full or in part from reports published by PED.


The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee met on Monday, March 16, 2015.


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


The Program Evaluation Division publishes two special compendia on a biennial basis. How North Carolina Compares ranks North Carolina relative to other states on areas including population, health, education, taxes, and expenditures. Division Activities and Accomplishments follows up on recommendations in our reports for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of North Carolina government to determine what actions have been taken by the General Assembly or the agencies that were the subject of our evaluations.


On March 20, 2015, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot reported on the introduction of legislation that would eliminate the vehicle safety inspection program and modify the emissions program administered by the Division of Motor Vehicles. The bill's recommendations stem from PED's 2008 report, Doubtful Return on the Public's $141 Million Investment in Poorly Managed Vehicle Inspection Programs.

On March 8, 2015, the News & Observer spotlighted the cuts to personal services contracts outlined in Gov. McCrory's proposed 2015–17 budget. The article points out that issues with personal services contracts were raised by PED's 2015 report, North Carolina Should Eliminate the Use of Personal Services Contracts in Favor of Using Existing Mechanisms.


Recent Reports

North Carolina Should Eliminate the Use of Personal Services Contracts in Favor of Using Existing Mechanisms
Implications of Funding Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment or Prevention with Alcohol Tax Earmark
Licensing Processing Fees Are Inequitable; Permit DOI Vendor to Charge Different Processing Fees Based on Effort and Cost
Occupational Licensing Agencies Should Not be Centralized, but Stronger Oversight is Needed
DHHS Should Integrate State Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities into the Community-Based System and Improve Performance Management
Overnight Respite Pilot at Adult Day Care Facilities Perceived as Favorable, but Lacked Objective Measures of Success
Program Evaluation Division, North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Office Building, Suite 100
300 North Salisbury Street , Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 - 919-301-1404