Program Monitoring

​NORC collaborates with federal agencies and nonprofit organizations to develop performance metrics and measurement collection systems to monitor funded program activities. Many of these systems involve the on-going collection and analysis of program- and project-level data.  Information gathered from these monitoring activities provide high quality, unbiased information from which to determine the extent to which program activities are contributing to the overall goals and objectives of the grant program. 

NORC’s process for building these monitoring systems includes the identification and development of key program performance measures; user-friendly instruments and web-based applications for collecting program data; and detailed procedures for periodically tabulating, analyzing, and reporting those data.  NORC program monitoring activities also provide funders with continual feedback on the program’s effectiveness and impact.  This information can be leveraged to inform evidence-based funding decisions, and serve as an early warning system that alerts program managers to operational weaknesses that require corrective action, as well as success stories of high-performing projects and programs that should be considered for replication.

Representative Projects

AmeriCorps Grantee Evaluation Monitoring & Guidance Project. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is partnering with NORC at the University of Chicago to strengthen and support various aspects of their AmeriCorps State and National grantees' evaluation activities. By providing grantees with the tools they need to improve the quality of their program evaluations, CNCS hopes to better estimate the broader community impacts of AmeriCorps programs.  More

Implementation of an M&E System for the African Cashew Initiative (ACI). The African Cashew Initative , funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to strengthen global competitiveness of cashew production and processing in five pilot countries in Africa: Mozambique, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin. More

Interim and Final Report to Congress on the Community First Choice Option. NORC, along with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), has been awarded a contract from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to evaluate and draft the Interim and Final Reports to Congress on the Community First Choice (CFC) Option. The CFC Option, established under the Affordable Care Act, is a Medicaid State Plan option providing home- and community-based attendant services and supports to individuals requiring significant medical assistance. NORC will assist the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with Interim and Final Reports to Congress, which will reflect the findings of the evaluation.  More

Namibia Conservancy Support and Indigenous Natural Products (CS.INP) Surveys. NORC has been contracted to implement a Conservancy Support and Indigenous Natural Products Household and Organizational Survey to support the  Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Compact with the Republic of Namibia. 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

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