Policy Analysis, Program Implementation, and Evaluation

Drawing on a mastery of analytic techniques and a keen knowledge of complex policy and regulatory frameworks, NORC collaborates with federal agencies, foreign govern­ments, and nonprofit organizations to ensure their programs are efficient and effective. NORC researchers and analysts also engage in all aspects of policy research and analysis.

Representative Projects

Azerbaijan Housing Finance. For the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, NORC assisted the Azerbaijan Central Bank to evaluate the performance of its laws on housing finance, with emphasis on creating and enforcing mortgage liens. 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

Impact of Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Conversion on Hospital Costs and Mix of Services. ​​Three cohorts of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) were followed over time, corresponding to the first three years of conversions in 1999 through 2001.​ More

Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center. The NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health partnered to establish the Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center (RHR-PRC), one of seven rural health research centers funded by the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. More

Rural Hospital Participation in the 340B Drug Discount Program. The 340B drug pricing program enables certain types of safety net organizations to obtain deeply discounted medications, at prices below the "best price" typically offered to Medicaid agencies. The 2003 Medicare Modernization Act revised eligibility criteria, thereby allowing many rural hospitals to participate. More

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