Evaluation and Performance Measurement

​Evaluating programs requires combined knowledge of the analytic techniques involved in program evaluation and the complex policy and regulatory framework in which federal programs operate.  Our team brings expertise in both areas, honed by years of experience evaluating demonstration programs for a range of federal agencies.  NORC statisticians and researchers regularly undertake evaluations of social and economic programs and policies using a wide range of methods, including randomized experiments and quasi-experimental designs.  We also work with clients to explore options for an evaluation design before committing to a full evaluation.  Using these evaluation skills, we also have worked with several federal clients seeking to improve their own performance measurement in the context of the Office of Management and Budget's Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) requirements. 

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Representative Projects

Descriptive Study of the Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services. ​In 2011, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded grants to 14 tribes and tribal organizations to coordinate tribal TANF and child welfare services to address family risk factors for child abuse and neglect. The grantees agreed to participate in a study as a condition of the grant award. The Study of Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services is sponsored by ACF's Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. James Bell Associates is the lead entity on the project; NORC at the University of Chicago and the Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado at Denver are project partners.  The goal of this three year study is to document the ways in which the tribal grantees are creating and adapting culturally relevant and appropriate approaches, systems, and programs to increase coordination and enhance service delivery to address child abuse and neglect. More

Exploring the Performance Improvement and Measurement System (PIMS) Database. Over the past two years, The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) has developed the Performance Improvement and Measurement System (PIMS), a set of performance measures and accompanying data collection instruments for all grant programs.  More

MCA Morocco Impact and Performance Evaluation of the Program "Rehabilitation and Intensification of Olive Plantations in Rainfed Zones". NORC is evaluating MCA-Morocco Fruit Tree Agricultural Project to determine whether the sub-project Rehabilitation and Intensification of Rainfed Olive Plantations increases farmers’ revenue over the 2010 to 2013 implementation period.mc More

Rural Health Outreach Tracking and Evaluation Program. The NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, with partner the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, is conducting the Rural Health Outreach Tracking and Evaluation Project.  More

Yes Youth Can! Impact Evaluation. NORC is conducting an impact evaluation for USAID/Kenya of the Yes Youth Can! (YYC) program.  YYC is an innovative and large-scale initiative funded by USAID to promote youth empowerment in Kenya.  In accordance with the learning and accountability objectives described in USAID's Evaluation Policy, YYC includes an impact evaluation to assess the causal impact of the program on the outcomes it seeks to influence. NORC designed the evaluation and implemented a survey of 9586 youths in Kenya.
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Contact

Jeffrey Hackett

(312) 759-4266