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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 next meeting of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Room 544 of the Legislative Office Building. Items on the agenda include presentations of PED reports on the State's erosion and sedimentation control program, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, and services for students with disabilities.


Our Legislative Tracking resource lists all enacted and unenacted legislation pertaining to PED from the current legislative session.


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.

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 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

Minimal Evidence Found of Service Duplication for Students with Disabilities in Schools and Communities
Improvements to Inmate Healthcare Reimbursement and Internal Processes Could Save $5.6 Million Annually
Modifications to Inmate Pharmacy Purchasing and Monitoring Could Save $13.4 Million Annually
Inadequate Data Collection and Cost Recovery Practices Limit Economy of Healthcare for Safekeepers
Modifying Criteria for North Carolina’s Medical Release Program Could Reduce Costs of Inmate Healthcare
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
Program Evaluation Division, North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Office Building, Suite 100
300 North Salisbury Street , Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 - 919-301-1404