All the little things start seeming like big things Mental Health Youth Suicide

  Editor’s Note: This is the first in a five-part series examining youth suicide in North Carolina. Scenes in this series may be disturbing to some readers. If you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 The last thing April Quick said to her oldest child had something to do with potato skins.… Full story »

Moving the needle: Our ongoing need for “knowledge journalism” General

On October 25, 2016, the North Carolina Center became an integral part of EducationNC. We are honored to become part of this outstanding organization!  The first time I sat down and read N.C. Insight, the journal of the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, I was 10 years old.… Full story »

The Center now in friendly hands of EdNC General

Sometimes life takes you on a circular path, bringing you back to an earlier highlight moment. So it was this week as the board of directors of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research turned over the organization’s assets and governance to the executive committee of EducationNC. After covering the 1973-74 General Assembly as the chief capitol correspondent of The News and Observer, I wrote a column observing that North Carolina lacked an independent institution to offer ideas and analysis to its policymakers.… Full story »

Dorothea Dix Hospital – connecting our past to the future Mental Health

On Sunday, October 16th, North Carolina Health News as part of their Lives on the Hill  project, held a community convening to talk about how to preserve the legacy of Dorothea Dix Hospital. The gathering brought together people whose lives were affected by the hospital – patients and their families, former staff and their families, neighbors, and other interested citizens.… Full story »

Celebrating 39 Years of Nonpartisan Research on Public Policy Issues Facing NC! General

September 10, 2016 marked the 39th anniversary of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research (NCCPPR).   Founded in 1977, the Center’s first first publication, This Land Is Your Land, explored the issue of state land management.  Click here to take a look back at our first report. The Center’s mission is to strengthen public policy through nonpartisan research, education, and community engagement.… Full story »

Highlights from the National Governmental Research Association Conference General

Last week, I attended the national Governmental Research Association Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.  The conference was hosted by GRA member organization Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh and was attended by researchers, directors, and staff from organizations located across the country.  Attendees from Washington State, Utah, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New York, Alabama, Louisiana, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina and others came together to discuss important policy issues facing our states and municipalities.    … Full story »

Visualizing the NCGA Rankings Government Rankings

Some people like to visualize data, so we created maps from our recent report showing the rankings of effectiveness, attendance, and roll call voting participation for the members of the North Carolina General Assembly.   Scroll over a dot to see a legislator’s ranking, click on the party name to show rankings by party, and use the dropdown menus to switch between effectiveness, attendance, and voting rankings.  … Full story »

Some of Most Effective NC Legislators in Both Parties Won’t Be Back Government Rankings

With a supermajority of more than 60 percent in the state legislature, Republicans dominate the top spots in the new rankings of legislators’ effectiveness released today by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.  President Pro Tem of the Senate Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) rank first in their respective houses.  … Full story »

Rankings of Effectiveness, Attendance and Roll Call Voting Participation for the North Carolina General Assembly Released Government Rankings

Today, the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research releases its biennial report Rankings of Effectiveness, Attendance, and Roll Call Voting Participation for the North Carolina General Assembly.   “The rankings of attendance and voting participation tell citizens how often their legislator was there to represent them. The effectiveness rankings tell citizens how effective their legislator was when he or she was there.” This year’s rankings mark the 20th time the Center has undertaken this comprehensive survey. … Full story »

Education Tops List of Most Important Issues Facing NC NC Priorities Spring 2016

In preparation for a project on North Carolina’s priorities, the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research requested that the Elon University Poll ask North Carolinians, “What is the most important issue facing the state of North Carolina?”  Shortly before the presidential primary last month, the Elon University Poll surveyed North Carolina voters, and of the 1,530 likely voters who responded, nearly three out of 10 cited “education.” Education, in fact, led the list of issues offered in answer to that open-ended question.… Full story »