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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.


The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM in Room 544 of the Legislative Office Building. The Committee plans to discuss prioritization of topics for PED's 2018 work plan and to hear presentations and consider draft legislation related to recent PED reports on school funding dispute resolution, the ferry system, the NC lottery, and spans of control and organizational layers in state government executive offices.


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


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.

PED has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to pre-qualify a pool of potential assessors from which the Division will assign assessments for its new measurability assessment program. PED will be recruiting continuously through December 18, 2017 and may extend the deadline.

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.


On January 22, 2018, the News and Observer reported on the release of four new reports by the Program Evaluation Division, with particular attention paid to the division's examination of the NC Lottery. WNCN also spotlighted PED's lottery report, whereas WRAL focused on the division's study of the provision of nursing services in public schools, as did WTVD. Additionally, Coastal Review Online reported on PED's evaluation of the state ferry system.

Recent Reports

Public School Construction Needs Survey and Recommendations for Funding Options for Selected Districts
Reducing Off-Season Crossings, Adjusting Fares, and Using Partnerships Can Improve Ferry Division Efficiency
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
Options Exist for Increasing Lottery Proceeds for Education
No Modification to North Carolina’s School Calendar Law Satisfies Multiple Competing Interests
Most Departments’ Spans of Control and Number of Organizational Layers Do Not Meet Recommended Levels
Allotment-Specific and System-Level Issues Adversely Affect North Carolina’s Distribution of K-12 Resources
Program Evaluation Division, North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Office Building, Suite 100
300 North Salisbury Street , Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 - 919-301-1404