Think North Carolina First is a policy and message development think tank that serves as a reliable source of evidence-based research for policy makers and thought leaders. We value high-quality public education, economic growth, protecting the environment and our quality of life, fairness, equal opportunity, and the preservation of an effective social safety net. The policy, research and messaging we generate will be grounded in authoritative research, while remaining accessible to the average North Carolinian. It is our goal to produce pragmatic ideas that can be used to formulate, debate and implement public policy.