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

Evaluate the Advancing System Improvements to Support Targets for Healthy People 2010 Program. The Advancing System Improvements to Support Targets for Healthy People 2010 (ASIST2010) program, funded through the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), is a unique program in at least two respects: it places emphasis on sex- and gender-based care, and is designed to improve health outcomes within the selected Healthy People 2010 focus area(s)—cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, access to quality health services, educational and community-based programs, nutrition and overweight, and physical activity and fitness.  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

Impact of the Home Health PPS on Access in Rural America. Under the PPS, home care agencies are reimbursed based on a 60-day episode of care, with adjustments to the base payment that reflect differences in resource needs.  More

Performance and Impact Evaluation of USAID/Uganda School Health and Reading Project (SHRP). NORC is the prime contractor to USAID/Uganda to conduct a performance and impact evaluation of the School Health and Reading Program (SHRP), currently being implemented in 15 districts in Uganda. SHRP includes two sets of intervention: (1) an Early Grade Reading intervention targeted at students Grades 1-3, and (2) an HIV/AIDS intervention targeted at upper primary and secondary school students. NORC is responsible for designing and implementing the midterm and end-of-project performance evaluations and annual impact evaluations for this program.  More

Roadmap for the Adoption of Health Information Technology in Rural Communities. The goal of this project was to develop a reference document that would be provided to attendees at the Office of Rural Health Policy's September 2006 conference and widely distributed to other interested parties following the conference.  Based on a review of the relevant literature as well as exhaustive review of relevant web sites, this document compiles information designed to help all types of rural health care providers along the road to adoption of health information technology.  More

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