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. 

Specific areas of expertise include:

Representative Projects

Evaluation of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. On behalf of NSF, NORC is conducting a study that will provide rigorous evidence of the impact of the GRFP on individuals’ educational decisions, career preparations, aspirations and progress, as well as professional productivity; and provide an understanding of how the program is implemented by universities and whether and how specific program policies could be adjusted to make the program more effective in meeting its goals.
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Identifying Common Evaluation Metrics across the 330A Outreach Authority Grant Programs. NORC is developing and refining a standard process for identifying common data elements collected through grantee-level evaluation activities.  More

Impact Evaluation of Development Programs in Benin and the Republic of Georgia. NORC has partnered with the Urban Institute to carry out impact evaluations of development programs funded through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The evaluation will assess the program contributions to economic growth, job creation, and increased household incomes, and will help guide the design of future programs. More

MiDA-Ghana Feeder Roads Impact Evaluation. NORC and its local partner Pentax Management Consulting are conducting an impact evaluation of Ghana’s Feeder Roads Activity, to determine the impact of feeder roads improvements on farm incomes. More

Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Random Assignment Evaluation. The Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Random Assignment Evaluation Study (RExO), funded by Department of Labor, is designed to provide a rigorous, random assignment evaluation of a demonstration program serving formerly incarcerated individuals through employment-centered programs. The evaluation will examine impacts on participants’ post-program labor market outcomes and criminal recidivism by comparing the outcomes of participants to randomly-assigned individuals who are eligible for, but do not receive, services. More

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Contact

Jeffrey Hackett

(312) 759-4266