Program Evaluation Division Work Plan
As outlined in our statute, the biennial work plan is developed by the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee and the Division Director, with input from staff. Requests for program evaluations must come from a member of the General Assembly. The Division Director will review the requests in light of staff capacity and the current work plan and will make a recommendation to the Oversight Committee as to alterations of 2015–17 the work plan. Any project required by state law automatically amends the work plan.
2015–17 Work Plan
School Calendar Flexibility. This project will examine how limitations on school calendar flexibility have affected LEAs, school operations, and students during the past 10 years.
School Construction Needs. As required by Section 25.1 of S.L. 2016-94 the Program Evaluation Division will contract with an outside entity 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. The solicitation for services will be advertised tentatively in September 2016.
Analysis of North Carolina Lottery Commission Operations. This project will evaluate whether the North Carolina State Lottery Commission is providing the maximum benefit to the State by examining the Commission’s operations, existing revenue-generating strategies, and efforts to reduce costs.
School Nurses. This project will evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of nursing services provided by public schools in North Carolina.
Review of DOT’s Ferry Division. This project will review North Carolina’s ferry system with a focus placed on operations, operational savings, and fee structure optimization.
Education Funding Dispute Resolution. As directed by Session Law 2016-116, the Program Evaluation Division shall conduct a comprehensive study of the procedure set forth in Article 31 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes for resolving education funding disputes between local boards of education and boards of county commissioners.Measurability Assessment. As directed by Session Law 2016-123, the General Assembly may require a measurability assessment (an independent evaluation conducted on a new or existing State program) of any proposed or existing State program to determine whether the program is or will be capable of reporting performance and return on investment. The Program Evaluation Division must use a competitive process to prequalify independent measurability assessors; establish standards for assessor qualifications, independence, and conducting and reporting measurability assessments; and select the assessor.
Feasibility of Consolidating State Purchase of Health Care Services. This project will examine the feasibility of consolidating State purchase of health care services. Currently, the state purchase of health care services is managed by several state agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (Medicaid, Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, and Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services), Department of the State Treasurer (State Employees Health Plan), Department of Public Safety (Inmate Health Care), and the North Carolina Industrial Commission (Workers’ Compensation).
Performance of Medicaid Data Warehouse (NCAnalytics). This project will examine the performance of NCAnalytics, including whether the system is performing as intended, how the system interfaces with NCTracks, and whether the system meets the needs of the State.
Management of Inmate Health Care. This project will review the efficiency and economy of medical and dental services provided for North Carolina state prison inmates.
Professional Educator Licensure Process and Teacher Education Requirements. This project will examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the process for issuing licenses for teachers, school administrators, and special service personnel. This project will also review the process for approving teacher education programs, examine state oversight of these programs, and determine whether these programs meet the State’s needs for teacher preparation.
Implementation of Results First in NC. This project will authorize the Program Evaluation Division to commit staff resources to assist with the implementation of Results First in NC. Results First uses a cost-benefit model to evaluate a broad range of programs and policies using the latest research and enables policymakers to make evidencebased decisions.
Management of State Pension Fund Investments. This project will examine the management and investment strategies of retirement system investments including meeting benchmarks and the amount of fees paid for investment management.