Active Partnerships The NC Office of Strategic Partnerships is engaged in a growing list of collaborative projects with state agencies, external research partners including research institutions and colleges/universities, community partners, philanthropy, and others. Some of these projects we are working on directly and others we have catalyzed and found research expertise to support. All of these partnership projects aim to improve policies and programs for the benefit of all North Carolinians. Strengthening the State Government Talent Pipeline This project addresses the related challenges of: state government striving to attract talent for employment opportunities across the state, and talented college and university graduates striving to find and pursue state government employment opportunities. A focus of this project is to broaden and enhance information-sharing and communication between state government recruitment and university/college-based career services. We have developed a database of contacts and other relevant information for North Carolina’s 110 institutions of higher education and state agencies. Partners on this project include the NC Office of State Human Resources, NC OSHR-College/University Partnership group, state agency recruiters, and college/university career services professionals. For more information contact email@example.com. Reentry This project aims to identify and increase knowledge and awareness of reentry resources across the state, especially in the 80 counties that do not have a local reentry council. This "reentry landscape scan" will include 1) reentry contacts in all 100 counties and 2) recommended strategies to build capacity and support local reentry efforts throughout NC. Understanding the reentry ecosystem in each community, particularly the resources available and gaps in services or coordination, will help the state and partners develop more tailored strategies for supporting people as they transition from incarceration back into communities. This project will also inform state and local partners about the challenges and opportunities communities are facing with reentry during COVID-19. Partners on this project include the NC Department of Public Safety, Attorney General's office, State Reentry Council Collaborative, Three Flights LLC, and others. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Fair and Empowering Tax Collections This project will inform whether adjusting Department of Revenue communication with households and businesses that are behind on tax payments increases timely tax collections and decreases the need for enforcement measures such as fees and garnishments. The interdisciplinary project team has completed the first phase of this behavioral science project. Partners on this project include the NC Department of Revenue, Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University, UNC School of Law, the Policy Lab at Brown University, and the Office of Strategic Partnerships. For more information, contact email@example.com. NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps The Office of Strategic Partnerships initiated an effort to match students without summer internships or jobs due to COVID-19 with local government and nonprofit organizations in need of additional capacity due to COVID-19. In 2020, the NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps placed nearly 130 interns in positions across the state. Information on 2021 opportunities is here. The UNC School of Government/Lead for NC hosted two days of training and education sessions to prepare interns for their placements. Speakers from institutions of higher education, nonprofits, and state government shared experience and expertise. More than 300 NC COVID-19 Response Corps interns and students from across NC participated in this opportunity. Strategic Partnerships and Lead for NC co-hosted a weekly speaker series for public service interns across NC. Speakers included NC Cabinet agency secretaries and leadership, the executive director of a statewide foundation, university career services directors, and representatives from statewide associations. Click here for recordings of the summer training and speaker series. These videos are a valuable resource for students and others interested in learning about North Carolina state and local government, nonprofit organizations, careers in public service, and philanthropy. Partners in this effort include the UNC School of Government/Lead for NC, Hometown Strong, NC Association of County Commissioners, NC League of Municipalities, NC Rural Center, Office of the Governor/VolunteerNC, and NC colleges and universities. COVID-19 Survey of North Carolina Nonprofits The Strategic Partnerships team initiated a collaboration with the NC Center for Nonprofits and the NC Secretary of State's Office on a survey to learn about nonprofit organizations' circumstances and needs during COVID-19. The survey, available in English and Spanish, was sent to more than 20,000 nonprofit email addresses provided by the Secretary of State's Office. It contained 35 quick response, matrix, and open response questions to better understand NC nonprofits' experiences during COVID-19. Over 2,000 people responded to the survey, which provided an informative picture of the NC nonprofit sector during COVID-19, including experiences, needs, gaps, and opportunities. Philanthropy, government, researchers, and nonprofits themselves can use the results for a range of different purposes. Click here for an analysis of the results, including a link to the publicly available dataset, which includes thousands of written responses to open ended questions. Click here for a compilation of resources for nonprofits and others responding to COVID-19. This list reflects common themes and questions that emerged from the survey responses.