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The North Carolina Family Impact Seminar (NCFIS) is a series of seminars, briefing reports, and follow-up activities for state policymakers and executive branch leaders. The seminars feature experts in research, policy and practice who provide objective, nonadvocacy and solution-oriented information on timely policy issues.
The Center became the home site for NCFIS in 2004 and presented the first seminar in 2005. NCFIS is part of the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars (PINFIS). The Institute was founded in 1999 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension to continue the mission of the federal Family Impact Seminar, which operated from 1976 to 1998 in Washington, D.C. As part of this national FIS network of more than 20 states, NCFIS can link policymakers with current research and evidence-based policy options on a myriad of pressing issues.
This bipartisan committee helps select seminar topics, informs colleagues of seminars and provides important feedback and guidance. The committee members are:
Family Impact Seminars provide a unique opportunity for policymakers and other stakeholders to learn from experts about the specific impacts of policies on families and children. FIS encourages leaders to consider these impacts in the same way that they routinely consider economic and environmental impacts.
Legislators across the country use information from these seminars to:
“I have attended and participated in multiple Family Impact Seminars and will continue to do so. My colleagues and I – and our staff – benefit greatly from the opportunity to hear from experts and to gather data to help us identify and act on workable solutions to current problems.”
Sen. Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. (R)
"The seminars are energizing for legislators and legislative staff. It is extremely useful to learn directly from experts about research, policy options, and resources specific to North Carolina. The materials and presenters are always top-notch."
Rep. Rick Glazier (D)
"There is great potential for North Carolina Family Impact Seminars to contribute to the work we and others are involved with to enhance education for state policymakers in a way that improves policymaking and its impact on our citizens."
"Thank you for your briefing report. I read through it in preparation for a meeting with a state legislator. It was easy to read and you did a great job localizing the data to North Carolina."
Dr. Karen Bogenschneider