History

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research was founded on September 10, 1977 and is one of only a few independent, state-level policy centers in the country. Our founders believed that most of the important issues in future decades would be decided at the state level, and they've been proved right over the 37 years of our existence.

The Center is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors designed to mirror the population of North Carolina in its proportions of men and women; African Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics; Republicans, Democrats, and Independents; from the East, West, and Piedmont.  

The Center creates a citizen's guide to the legislature and biennial rankings of legislators' effectiveness, attendance, and roll call voting participation. It also publishes North Carolina Insight, which recently featured research on issues facing the elderly in N.C. and mental health reform. Future studies are planned on issues affecting the aging, higher education, and economic development.

For more on the history of the Center, click here to read A Report on the First Ten Years, 1977-1987