Strategic Partnerships in the News

North Carolina Leverages State Research Capacity to Improve Government Performance

(February 18, 2021) State government leaders across the country can benefit from using rigorous research to inform policy and program proposals, but they can face difficulties finding experts who are well-suited to helping them use that evidence in policy contexts. Researchers, meanwhile, want their work to inform more effective government approaches but may not know how best to engage with state officials. Read more...

The Learning Agenda Every Public Agency Needs

(February 18, 2021) Learning agendas are an up-and-coming tool to strengthen a culture of evidence-based decision-making within public agencies. While at the federal level they’re now required of many large departments, they’re just starting to be used by state and local agencies. Examples include the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and several agencies in North Carolina. Read more...

Philanthropy Liaison Joins State Government

RALEIGH, NC (January 27, 2021) North Carolina state government’s first philanthropy liaison will join Governor Roy Cooper’s administration on March 1. The grant-funded role will focus on improving interaction between state government and the philanthropic sector, educating philanthropy and government about each other, and encouraging collaboration on projects across the state. Read more...

Pew Charitable Trusts: Governors' Appointees and Agency Staffers Help States Boost Evidence-Based Policymaking

(January 26, 2021) As governors nationwide manage their responses to the coronavirus pandemic, their appointees and state agency staff can promote the use of data to help guide state policies and implement their visions for a successful recovery. For executive branch leaders facing reduced revenues and increased community needs, using insights gathered from rigorous evaluations to inform budget deliberations can lead to more efficient and effective decisions. Read more...

EdNC Perspective: NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps: Supporting students in pursuit of public service careers

(January 18, 2021) – This is the fourth article in a series about the NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps, a cross-sector partnership to help address the strain COVID-19 placed on government and nonprofit organizations compounded by jobs and internships lost unexpectedly. The Response Corps was developed and launched by the NC Office of Strategic Partnerships and Lead for NC along with the many partner organizations listed below, and others. Read more...

EdNC Perspective: NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps: Strengthening the talent pipeline to public service

(January 11, 2021) – The pandemic has prolonged economic damage and increased community need. Nonprofit organizations and local government have struggled to address new challenges, serve their client base, and manage workloads. The situation resonates with Neha M. Shah, the director and sole full-time staff member leading the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Read more...

Andy Feldman's Gov Innovator Podcast: The role of NC's Office of Strategic Partnerships: An interview with Jenni Owen, Director of Strategic Partnerships, NC - Episode #177

(January 5, 2021) – Jenni Owen, Director of Strategic Partnerships, joins Andy Feldman on the Gov Innovator podcast to discuss the NC Office of Strategic Partnerships and insights for other states that might be interested in doing more to advance partnerships with academic researchers and others. Listen here...

EdNC Perspective: NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps: Partnerships at Work

(December 16, 2020) – Lost internships and jobs. Strained organizational capacity. Due to COVID-19, both have been widespread in North Carolina, the nation, and the world. Enter the North Carolina COVID-19 Student Response Corps, a partnership between state and local government, higher education, and nonprofit organizations. Since June 2020, the NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps has placed approximately 120 students in internships at over 100 North Carolina nonprofit and government entities. Read more...

Spectrum News Feature: Nonprofits During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Part 1) 

(December 6, 2020) – Funding for charitable organizations has dropped off significantly during COVID-19, according to a new survey of more than 1,700 NC nonprofits. The NC Center for Nonprofits joins the conversation with an update on how groups serving our most vulnerable can pivot in the pandemic. Watch video...

EdNC Perspective: NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps: Supporting students, nonprofits, and government through a cross-sector partnership

(October 19, 2020) – “COVID-19 is testing local governments and nonprofits as they work to meet the needs of people in their communities. Through these public service internships, students gain valuable on-the-job experience and local governments and nonprofits gain extra help when they need it most,” said Gov. Roy Cooper.

Internships are one of the most valuable learning experiences available to college students. Approximately 60% of students will hold at least one internship during their college career, according to a 2017 study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Read more...

Volcker Alliance Spotlight: NC Talent Partnership: Strengthening Government-University Partnerships

(September 9, 2020) – A talented public sector workforce is essential to effective government and requires the cooperation, communication, and collaboration of colleges, universities and government agencies. In 2018, Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina named Jenni Owen as the inaugural Director of Strategic Partnerships. Read more...

Volcker Alliance's Government-to-University Initiative Continues to Grow

NEW YORK, NY (August 18, 2020) – Following the successful launch of the first three Government-to-University (G2U) networks in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, the Volcker Alliance’s G2U Initiative is expanding to Chicago and North Carolina. Read more...

Results for America Releases 2020 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence

WASHINGTON, DC (August 12, 2020) – During a virtual event co-hosted by the National Governors Association today, Results for America released the 2020 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence, which highlights how states are using evidence and data to inform their COVID-19 efforts and to advance economic mobility.

The 2020 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence (State Standard of Excellence) identifies seven Leading States (ColoradoConnecticutMinnesotaOregonTennesseeUtah, and Washington) and four Honor Roll States (MassachusettsNorth CarolinaOhio, and Rhode Island) for their evidence-based policymaking. Read more...

N.C. COVID-19 Student Response Corps offers alumni and students opportunities for partnership

BOONE, NC (July 17, 2020) – Students from colleges and universities across North Carolina unexpectedly lost internships due to COVID-19. At the same time, many local government and nonprofit organizations have been overwhelmed in response to needs related to COVID-19. Read more...

Virtual internship program connects students with local nonprofits

GREENSBORO, N.C. (July 16, 2020) –A summer internship from the comfort of your own home. With many summer programs canceled across the country, a lot of students were left scrambling to find job experience. Read more...

New program helps students who lost summer internships and jobs due to the pandemic

(July 10, 2020) – Many students have lost their summer jobs and internships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there's a new state program that's giving them some different opportunities. Read more...

NC College Students Help Local Governments, Nonprofits with COVID-19 Response

RALEIGH, NC (July 9, 2020) – An effort by Governor Roy Cooper’s administration is matching North Carolina college students in need of work experience with local governments and nonprofits seeking additional help to support COVID-19 response efforts. Read more...