Our Projects

South by North Strategies, Ltd. provides research, communication, and organizational services for firms seeking to understand and address economic and social issues. Services include quantitative and qualitative research, communications assistance, and organizational solutions.

Below are brief descriptions of selected past projects. To learn more, please contact South by North Strategies.

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Our Projects


05.11.2015 Our Projects, Policy Points

The Public Price of Growing Old

Pages from serving_our_seniorsIn 2015, South by North Strategies, Ltd. prepared an analysis of issues related to income security for older North Carolinians. Specifically, the study explores retirement income issues related to the adequacy of private household savings and the soundness of various public-sector pension plans.

The research was part of a larger study of state-level aging issues undertaken by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. The complete project was published in early 2015 under the title “Serving Our Seniors.”

04.22.2015 Our Projects

Income Trends In North Carolina After The “Great Recession”

In winter 2015, South by North Strategies, Ltd. analyzed the trends in household income that have unfolded in North Carolina during and after the “Great Recession” on behalf of Think NC First, a nonprofit public policy organization.

Among other conclusions, the study found that the inflation-adjusted income of the median North Carolina household dropped by 8.5 percent, or $4,280, between 2007 and 2013, with declines occurring during the business cycle’s contraction and expansion phases. And, the real income of the typical North Carolina household in 2013 was effectively no different than it was in 1984.

The study also was featured in an an op-ed column in The (Raleigh, NC) News & Observer.

 

03.12.2015 Our Projects

An Orientation To Labor Market Information

In March 2015, South by North Strategies led “An Orientation to Labor Market Information for Workforce & Economic Development Professionals.” Developed for the Southeastern Employment and Training Association‘s Spring Conference, an event held in Greensboro, NC, the training session provided development professionals with an overview of essential labor market concepts and data sources.

02.17.2015 Our Projects, Policy Points

Online Training: An Introduction to Labor Market Information

In Winter 2015, South by North Strategies developed and delivered two online training sessions on the labor market information (LMI) system. Prepared for the NC Workforce Development Training Center, these webinars offered workforce development professionals an introduction to core LMI concepts and a high-level overview of essential sources of LMI data.

11.06.2014 Our Projects, Policy Points

Strengthening State Policies For Low-Income Working Families

In the summer of 2014, South by North Strategies, Ltd. prepared an overview of the impact of The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP), a national initiative to assess and strengthen state efforts to help lowincome families advance and achieve economic security. To that end, the WPFP partners  with nonprofit organizations in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

Among other findings, the project estimated that the WPFP and its state partners have generated or protected approximately $7.6 billion in state investments on behalf of low-income working families since 2002. These investments have occurred in the broad areas of postsecondary education and skills training; economic development; and social insurance and family benefits, with the bulk of the investments occurring in the area of postsecondary education and skills training.