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Facts That Matter Blog

At the ncIMPACT Initiative, we ground our research in the challenges faced by North Carolina’s state and local leaders and their communities. Through compelling story telling, the Facts That Matter blog shares data and evidence about collaborative problem solving efforts that chart a path forward in communities across the state. We share these stories for the benefit of other communities in pursuit of our mission to improve the lives of North Carolinians.

January 30, 2018

Education and Skills for Tomorrow: Is Your Workforce “Future Ready”?

The entire country is grappling with the changing nature of work and the resulting implications for educational and skills levels.

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January 10, 2018

What’s on Your Dashboard? Dialing up a Future Ready Community

In a recent series on this blog, Anita B … Read more

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December 14, 2017

Opioid Epidemic Ignores Boundaries in North Carolina

The opioid epidemic in North Carolina ignores boundaries and divisions, plaguing rural, urban, and suburban communities alike.

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December 7, 2017

Our Future Workforce: The Rise of the Individual

Enabled by new technologies, individuals are forging pathways to work that bypass the long-term institutional connections once required for career development.

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November 28, 2017

Our Future Workforce: The Rise of New Business Models

Disruption in business is not new. We can all think of companies from our past that ceased to exist some time ago. Remember Kodak? What is different today is the pace of change. Established companies are here today and gone tomorrow. New companies appear today, and dominate the market tomorrow.

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November 14, 2017

Our Future Workforce: Driven by Technological Disruptions

If you don’t already think automation, artificial intelligence, and all of our hyper-connected smart devices have transformed the world of work as we know it, wait just a few more years.

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November 7, 2017

Our Future Workforce: Demographic Drivers

Our research at ncIMPACT suggests there are four primary drivers: demographics, disruptive technologies, new business models, and the rise of the individual.

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October 23, 2017

Does Prekindergarten Push against the Curve of Community Change?

As with peers across the state and nation, these local leaders in North Carolina wanted to understand evidence about the opportunity for pre-K to change community metrics in grade-level reading, math and science scores, the social and emotional intelligence of youth, and workforce quality.

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June 1, 2017

How Is the NC Pre-K Program Delivered in Each County?

This post focuses on one of the most interesting aspects of NC Pre-K, which is the various types of settings used to deliver the program in each county.

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April 11, 2017

What You Told Us in the ncIMPACT Planning Survey

We launched ncIMPACT in 2017 to help pub … Read more

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