ncIMPACT leadership and staff give presentations to state and local leaders and convene forums on important North Carolina policy topics. See below for a recap of selected events and other important announcements.

  • Twitter Chat: Pre-K Expansion

    On February 21, 2019, we hosted a Twitter chat on Pre-K Expansion in advance of the premier of our UNC-TV episode on the same topic.

  • Twitter Chat: Downtown Revitalization

    On February 14, 2019, we hosted a Twitter chat on Downtown Revitalization in advance of the premier of our UNC-TV episode on the same topic.

  • Twitter Chat: Women in Construction

    On February 7, 2019, we hosted a Twitter chat on Women in Construction in advance of the premier of our UNC-TV episode on the same topic.

  • ncIMPACT Director Advises Statewide Educational Attainment Initiative

    On June 15, 2018, ncIMPACT Director Anita Brown-Graham presented her research on workforce development to the myFutureNC Commission, a statewide initiative on educational attainment. UNC System President Margaret Spellings serves as co-chair of the Commission along with Dale Jenkins, chief executive officer of Medical Mutual Holdings, Inc., and Andrea Smith, chief administrative officer of Bank of America.

    Brown-Graham co-authored a policy brief entitled, “A Focus on Non-Completers: One Strategy for Upskilling the Existing Workforce in North Carolina,” with NC Works Commission Executive Director Catherine Moga Bryant. The brief indicates that the state is home to 905,000 “non-completers” who have some college experience but no degrees or credentials, and that training or “upskilling” this population may be key in addressing the tight labor market employers are currently experiencing as well as future workforce needs. The report mentions other groups that may need special support to meet future market demands, including formerly incarcerated individuals, veterans, and “disconnected youth” who are no longer working or in school. The commission will use this report to identify key attainment benchmarks and strategies. Meanwhile, she will continue to serve as a subject matter expert for the Commission, which plans to complete its work and proposed recommendations by the end of 2018.

  • Winning Strategies for Expanding North Carolina’s Tightening Labor Market

    Our state’s labor market is growing increasingly tight. North Carolina employers are eager to expand the pool of available and qualified potential employees, and workforce development agencies are seeking creative ways to bring more people into the workforce and assist them in efficiently acquiring needed skills.

    On May 16, 2018, ncIMPACT, in partnership with the N.C. Association of Workforce Development Boards and the N.C. Department of Commerce, provided a unique opportunity for stakeholders of our state’s workforce to convene and explore strategies to attract and train the talent employers need.

    This one-day summit offered new tools and strategies to aid employers and workforce development agencies in rural, suburban, and urban communities across the state as they face a changing labor market. We appreciated the generous support of the N.C. Department of Commerce to underwrite the costs of this event.

    Click here and select the “Materials” tab for the program agenda, livestream recordings of the day’s speakers, their presentation slides, and other electronic materials.

  • North Carolina Local Governments and the Opioid Crisis: A Collective Impact Approach to Making Policy and Changing Lives

    To achieve the collaborative, multi-faceted approach so crucial to tackling the opioid crisis in North Carolina, the UNC School of Government has launched an intensive two-year collaborative learning model that provides direct support to ten North Carolina communities interested in enacting an integrated and innovative policy and practice response to their local opioid crises.

    This project, which is coordinated by ncIMPACT, complements health and policy efforts at the state and local levels by working with communities that are ready to implement best practices. Local governments are the front lines of policy implementation. Using the team-oriented approach described, this project will build upon previous and ongoing efforts “to get arms around” the opioid crisis.

    Each participating community receives funds for a project manager as well as implementation funds. After an open application process, the following ten community teams were selected:

    • Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Tyrell, and Washington Counties, Office of the District Attorney and Chief District Court Judge in the N.C. Second Judicial District, and human services and law enforcement agencies from all five counties;
    • Cabarrus County, including the City of Concord and the City of Kannapolis;
    • Cumberland County and the City of Fayetteville;
    • Durham County;
    • Forsyth County, including the City of Winston-Salem and the Town of Kernersville;
    • Greene, Lenoir, and Wayne Counties, including the N.C. Eighth Judicial District;
    • Mecklenburg County;
    • Onslow County, including the City of Jacksonville;
    • Transylvania County; and
    • Wilkes County, including the Town of Wilkesboro.

    This program is produced in partnership with the generosity of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina. For more information about this partnership, click here.

    Visit our project homepage for more details.

  • Thinking Big for Small People: Why Are NC County Leaders So Enthusiastic about Pre-K for Four Year Olds?

    On September 25, 2017, ncIMPACT hosted the first in a series of “data deep dives” on policy topics of interest to local leaders across North Carolina, which we titled “Thinking Big for Small People.” The topic for the day was pre-kindergarten (or “pre-K”) programs for four-year-olds — specifically, what scientific research and other data tell us about pre-K’s effects on young learners. This followed the General Assembly’s decision to appropriate funds for additional NC Pre-K slots in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

    Sponsored by the ChildTrust Foundation, our partners and presenting experts included the NC Association of County Commissioners, the NC School Boards Association, UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, NC State’s Institute for Emerging Issues, Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and the NC Early Childhood Foundation. Attendees included county commissioners, school board members, and pre-K practitioners. Click here and select the “Materials” tab for the program agenda, speaker presentations, and other electronic materials. Finally, see below for photos from the event (and hover over them for captions).

  • Forum Brings Together Policymakers and Academics

    At a February 17, 2017 forum hosted by Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke’s Policy Bridge, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM), Anita Brown-Graham monitored a panel titled “Two Steps Forward? Recognizing and Addressing the Researcher-Policymaker Gap.” In addition to Anita, the panel included North Carolina Senator Chad Barefoot and Rick Glazier, Executive Director of the North Carolina Justice Center. Panelists discussed ways for academics and their research to better inform policymaking, focusing on issues of timing, accessibility, and communication.


    Click here for the forum write-up.

    Click here for photos from the forum.

    Click here for a videorecording of the forum.