Impact and hope: EdNC’s theory of change General

Editor’s note: On October 25, 2016, the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research affiliated with EducationNC, an innovative new media nonprofit. Combining the best new media practices with the depth of think-tank research, our work will help shape the future of our state.   Thank you. As we celebrate the beginning of year three of EdNC, thank you for being brave with us as we built a platform that would be both innovative and make a difference.… Full story »

Food for thought General

Note: The inaugural Carolina Food Summit explored the intersections of food and policy, hunger, nutrition, school lunch, and family ties. NCCPPR Board member and EdNC co-founder Ferrel Guillory invited some students from one of his journalism classes to cover the summit. Given our belief that first person perspectives and nurturing young voices matter, we wanted to spotlight their work.… Full story »

CoThinkk: Changing philanthropy, changing communities, changing lives General

If you don’t know her already, meet Tracey Greene-Washington. Tracey is a program officer at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, taking the lead on the Foundation’s community economic development portfolio of grants. Her eyes light up when she is excited. And Tracey is excited about philanthropy, and the role it can play in changing communities.… 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 »

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 »