Program Evaluation Unit Reports

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Most Recent Program Evaluation Unit Publications:

Policy Spotlight: Homelessness and Affordable Housing Supports, May 2023

The state faces ongoing challenges in addressing the root causes of homelessness and transitioning individuals and families to more stable, permanent housing and has invested unprecedented levels of funding into new homelessness and affordable housing initiatives.

Program Evaluation: Western School Districts, January 2023

Grants-Cibola and Central Consolidated school districts, both in western New Mexico, have seen lower student performance than the state average despite getting more money for fewer students.

Evaluation Unit Memo: Update on LFC Research of Housing and Homeless Supports, January 2023

The number of homeless people in New Mexico has declined by one-third in the last decade and poverty has dropped by 3.1 percent, but housing supports are still needed for those at risk for homelessness and housing insecurity

Joint Advisory on New Mexico Charter School Foundations, December 2022

The Office of State Auditor and the Legislative Finance Committee have issued a joint risk advisory concerning a “significant” lack of oversight and accountability failures in the relationships between charter schools and nonprofit charter school foundations.

Program Evaluation: Medicaid Access and Utilization, December 2022

Ensuring healthcare is accessible to the nearly half of all New Mexicans on Medicaid could help improve New Mexico’s many poor health conditions, but enrollees are not increasing their use of services even as enrollment and spending on the program have jumped.

Spotlight: Review of Internal Audit Functions, December 2022

Unprecedented levels of state and federal funding available to state agencies make internal controls more important than ever but issues LFC evaluators found in a review more than 15 years ago continue to challenge agency efforts

Program Evaluation: State Facilities and Space Utilization, November 2022

Unused building space costs the state up to $18 million a year, flagging a need for better space planning that considers staff vacancies and telework.

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The Program Evaluation Unit produces a variety of research reports that take a close look at the efficiency and effectiveness of state services and programs.

Finance Facts are one-page explanations of a specific aspect of state government, from how the budget bill is created to a summary of early childhood programs.

Session publications include the three volumes of the committee’s annual recommendation to the Legislature – policy and performance analysis, proposed appropriations, and supplemental tables and graphs – and the post-session review of legislative action.