Evaluation Design

NORC evaluates social and economic programs and policies using a wide range of analytic techniques paired with extensive contextual knowledge.

Representative Projects

Evaluation of the Use of Clinical Preventive Services and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommendations. The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) contracted with NORC to study the implementation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for clinical preventive services in four different health plans: a closed-panel health plan, open-panel health plan, hybrid health plan having both open- and closed-panel characteristics, and governmental health plan. More

Getting on Track Early for School Success: An Assessment System to Support Effective Instruction. Stephen W. Raudenbush and a team of co-investigators from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Education, Urban Education Institute, Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education, and NORC at the University of Chicago are developing objective, valid, and instructionally relevant tools for assessing the literacy and math skills of children of ages three and four.   More

Impact Evaluation of USAID 'Yes Youth Can!' - Kenya Project. Yes Youth Can! (YYC) is the largest USAID (United States Agency for International Development) program in the world, covering approximately 60% of Kenya. The YYC program was initially created in response to the 2007 post-election violence involving Kenya's youth, with the goal of empowering Kenya's oft-marginalized youth - economically, politically, and socially - through the creation, training, and support of self-led and managed youth groups. For this project, NORC was responsible for designing and conducting a rigorous impact evaluation. The impact evaluation is aimed at addressing both the Accountability and Learning objectives as laid out in the USAID Evaluation Policy, and will be used by USAID YYC staff in order to inform future programming in YYC in Kenya and beyond.​ More

MCC Impact Evaluation Services in the Republic of Georgia. The Goal of MCC’s Compact with the Government of Georgia is to reduce rural poverty through better economic performance by improving the two main barriers to economic growth: a lack of reliable infrastructure and the slow development of businesses, particularly agribusiness.  More

National Evaluation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) Program, Rounds II-IV. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grants program is an important investment in our nation's community colleges to provide training for in-demand occupations. More

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