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 summaries of selected past projects. To learn more, contact South by North Strategies.

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Our Projects


09.30.2009 Our Projects

Access to Higher Education in Western NC

In 2009, South by North Strategies released the results of a census of 1,200 working adults who had earned college degrees through the Appalachian State University Center at Hickory (formerly known as HMHEC).

Pages from HMHEC_final_webThe center is an educational intermediary that connects working adults in Western North Carolina,  an area with relatively few institutions of higher learning, to degree and certificate programs offered through a consortium of universities. Programs are offered via distance learning and at the center’s facility in Hickory, NC.

The study aimed to gauge the factors that led students to enroll in, persist with, and complete a degree program. The study also documented the impact that degree completion had on individuals’  labor market experiences. The findings were summarized in the 16-page booklet entitled Connecting People to Opportunity.

Click to view the executive summary or the full report. Click here to read a news story about the research.

09.29.2009 Our Projects

The Demographics of Aging

As part of a larger study of population aging in North Carolina sponsored by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research in Raleigh, South by North Strategies analyzed the demographics of aging in the Tar Heel State.
The study looked at projected changes in the size, composition, and socio-economic characteristics of the population ages 65 and older. It also identified key financial, regional, and budgetary issues that will confront state policymakers in the near future.
The research was published in special edition of the policy journal NC Insight. Click to view an executive summary.

As part of a larger study of population aging in North Carolina sponsored by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research in Raleigh, South by North Strategies analyzed the demographics of aging in the Tar Heel State.

The study looked at projected changes in the size, composition, and socio-economic characteristics of the population ages 65 and older. It also identified key financial, regional, and budgetary issues that will confront state policymakers in the near future.

The research was published in special edition of the policy journal NC Insight. Click to view an executive summary.

09.28.2009 Our Projects

Impact of Workforce Services in Eastern NC

Pages from ECWDB Case Statement_webTo increase public awareness of its work, the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board in New Bern retained South by North Strategies to author an annual report and case statement.

The centerpiece of the project was the preparation and publication a 16-page report entitled Charting Pathways to Prosperity. The report built a concise case for the board’s work, answered commonly-asked questions and explained the various “winners” from the board’s services.

09.27.2009 Our Projects

Low-Wage Work in the American South

As part of a larger study sponsored by Oxfam America, South by North Strategies prepared a white paper analyzing low-wage work in 12 southern states.

The report, which was entitled New South, Old Problem: Low-Wage Work in Today’s South,  estimated the number of low-wage working families living in the region, described the key demographic traits of those families, and analyzed their experiences in the labor market. It also contained a discussion of promising approaches (policy and programmatic) for addressing low-wage work.

09.26.2009 Our Projects

Job Training for Low-Income Workers

To communicate the results of rigorous, multi-year program evaluation to a broad public, The HOPE Program, a nonprofit provider of job-training services in New York City, retained South by North Strategies to prepare a findings report.

The resulting 16-page document, entitled Turning HOPE Into Opportunity, built a  concise, compelling case for the organization’s services to low-income individuals and documented the impact that those services had on the employment prospects and earnings of program participants.