The ncIMPACT Initiative offers this monthly newsletter to help local leaders and community collaborators connect with data analysis, resources, events, and publications related to their work to improve their communities.

November 2022


Making a Difference - ncIMPACT Annual Report

Have you Registered? Join us in New Bern on Dec. 7

Tar Heel Bus Tour Highlights Our Work

Stories of Thriving from Across North Carolina

ncIMPACT In-Person Town Halls Available for Streaming

Facts That Matter Blog - ECU Promotes Innovative Success in Students and Region

Help Others Discover the ORP Community Guide

An Evening with Anthony S. Bryk on Nov. 10

The ncIMPACT Team Wishes Emily Gangi the Best

Partner Updates

988 Partner Toolkit -Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Five Things to Know about County Profiles

Facilitation Skills for Successful Meetings


Making a Difference - ncIMPACT Annual Report

At the ncIMPACT Initiative, we strive to serve as the go-to place in North Carolina for trusted tools that bridge policy and practice in response to complex challenges. Every year, we set goals for our impact and track our progress, aiming to deliver quality programming and new data and resources to help communities respond to issues and improve lives. Nearly 4,000 of you attended one of our presentations. We engaged 141 experts in our projects and convenings. Our website was viewed nearly 40,000 times by over 20,000 users. Dig into the data with us as we celebrate the many connections made during 2021-22 through this work.

Download our report:

ncIMPACT 2021-22 Annual Report
Have you Registered? Join us in New Bern!

Seats are limited and registrations are due by November 29. If your community is committed to helping lead NC’s commitment to 2 million degrees or high-value credentials by 2030, make plans now to join us on December 7 in New Bern for a day full of learning about the role of cross-sector collaboratives! We will share the learnings and accomplishments of the 15 myFutureNC Local Educational Attainment Collaboratives over the past two years. In addition to the inspirational and informative sessions, enjoy opportunities for informal interaction during lunch and an evening reception, and sign up for the optional local trolley tour. We promise you will go home full of ideas and new connections! 

Learn more and register:

myFutureNC Local Educational Attainment Collaboratives
Register for Public Day - Dec. 7
Preview the Forum Agenda
Tar Heel Bus Tour Highlights Our Work
The Tar Heel Bus Tour made its return this year following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The tour aims to better connect faculty and administrators to North Carolinians and give them opportunities to get to know the state—and each other. Learn about ncIMPACT and Carolina Across 100 projects contributing to this year’s tour.

Read this:
2022 Tar Heel Bus Tour
Stories of Thriving from Across North Carolina
"It's never too late for you!" We're sharing stories of thriving directly from students who have achieved their education and employment goals despite adversity. Read about experiences shared by Danny, Felix, Diamond, Genesis and Courtney in their own words, and how the "Our State, Our Work" program plans to create systems-level programming across North Carolina that creates accessible on-ramps to education and employment. 
Learn more:
Stories of Thriving from Across NC
Our State, Our Work
The Promises and Pitfalls of County Profiles

Last month, ncIMPACT's Anita Brown-Graham and Jess Dorrance joined leaders from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, Lincoln County United Way, Henderson County, and the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management for an important discussion about the promises and pitfalls of county profiles. The discussion of county data profiles included an examination of the Carolina Across 100 county profiles created in partnership with Carolina Demography. More detail and additional resources can be found here.

Access these resources:

Carolina Across 100 County Data Profiles
OSBM Monthly Connect Webinar
Relevant Resources
ncIMPACT In-Person Town Halls Available for Streaming
This summer, ncIMPACT traveled to the campuses of Elizabeth City State University and East Carolina University, inviting questions from the regional audiences for our panel discussion with economic developers and educational leaders. These leaders joined moderator Anita Brown-Graham to discuss innovations improving economic mobility, as well as partnerships working to boost local talent and economic development. Watch these episodes to learn how local leaders are collaborating to improve communities. Thank you to our partners at PBS North Carolina and to our sponsor, UNC Health. 

Stream town hall events from our episode feed:
Watch ncIMPACT
Facts That Matter - ECSU Promotes Innovative Success in Students and Region
Northeastern North Carolina faces clear economic challenges, including a notable lag in employment growth. The region’s Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) has several programs helping to prepare students for jobs that exist and create ones that do not. Learn more about these local efforts to promote innovative success in our latest Facts That Matter blog, written by Rory Howard.
Keep reading:
Facts That Matter Blog
Help Others Discover the ORP Community Guide
In honor of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and in recognition of the new work funded by settlements with pharmaceutical companies, take a few minutes to share the Opioid Response Project's Community Guide - a tool created during a two-year, cross-collaborative project to assist communities in addressing "wicked problems" like the opioid epidemic using the collective impact model. When posting on social media, include #OpioidResponseProject. 
Help others discover this resource:
ORP Community Guide
An Evening with Anthony S. Bryk - Nov. 10
How did Chicago, once described as having the worst-performing school system in the nation, become the best at improving? Register and join us on November 10 at 5:15pm to hear from Anthony Bryk, 9th President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The ncIMPACT Initiative is proud to join the UNC School of Education, the UNC School of Social Work, the UNC School of Nursing, and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute in sponsoring this special event at the Sonya Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
Find more details and register:
An Evening with Anthony S Bryk - NOV. 10
Thank you to Emily Gangi
The ncIMPACT team wishes Emily Gangi the best in her new role as policy director for the NC Division of Broadband & Digital Equity. Her dedication to improving life for North Carolina residents shaped our work at ncIMPACT for over five years and we are grateful for her dedication and contributions. We are thrilled to have her working on connecting more people and communities to broadband.

Partner Updates

988 Partner Toolkit - Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7 access to trained counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. And there is tremendous need, given:

  • In 2020, the U.S. had one death by suicide every 11 minutes.
  • For people ages 10–34, suicide is a leading cause of death.
  • From April 2020 through April 2021, over 100,000 people died from drug overdoses.
SAMHSA recognizes the need for governments, states, territories, tribes, crisis centers, and partners to speak with one voice to ensure there is a clear understanding about what 988 is and how it will work. Community leaders are encouraged to visit this online partner toolkit full of communication outreach materials to help your local coalitions spread the word about the 988 Lifeline.

Find more information and sharable resources:

988 Partner Toolkit
Five Things to Know about County Profiles

Accessing data has never been easier! In a follow-up to the webinar on county profiles, North Carolina State Demographer Mike Cline explains the strengths and weaknesses of data profiles, dashboards, and other handy data compilations in this piece published by the NC Office of State Budget Management.

Keep reading:

Five Things to Know about County Profiles
Facilitation Skills for Successful Meetings
Whether you regularly facilitate or are just a frequent participant in group discussions, you can hone particular communication and leadership skills within the context of a meeting. Register for the UNC School of Government's "Facilitation Skills and Successful Meetings" course planned for December 9 to improve your skills!
Learn more and register:
Course Registration
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