Strategy and Planning

NORC begins each project with a strategic planning phase, and continues to refer to and refine our strategic approach throughout the study or engagement. Many clients rely on NORC not only to create and carry out key research, but also to help them build research, data science, evaluation, and analysis capabilities within their own organizations.


Representative Projects

2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook. In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published Health, United States, 2001 With Urban and Rural Health Chartbook.  The CDC Chartbook was widely used in directing rural health policy and programming and had not been updated since 2001. More

Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Health Departments Seeking Accreditation. needs ​This project, for the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), investigated opportunities and challenges related to public health agency accreditation among rural health departments.  This project, for the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), investigated opportunities and challenges related to public health agency accreditation among rural health departments. More

Classification of State Health Agencies. For the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), NORC developed a survey to operationally classify state health agencies (SHAs) into the categories of centralized, decentralized, mixed, and shared. More

MCC Impact Evaluation Services in Benin. NORC is designing, coordinating, and implementing rigorous impact evaluations of the Access to Land and Access to Credit components of MCC's programs in Benin. The impact evaluations will measure the contribution of these interventions to changing household income in the project intervention areas as well as examine the total value of additional investment on targeted rural land parcels.​ More

The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States. This project was funded by Prevent Blindness America (PBA) with the goal of creating the first comprehensive estimate of the economic burden of vision loss and eye disorders in the United States.  Our report, “Cost of Vision: The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States” serves to update the 2007 PBA-sponsored report “The Economic Impact of Eye Problems”.  The 2007 report has stood as the primary estimate of the economic impact of eye and vision problems since its publication, but was subject to a number of limitations that led to an underestimate of total costs, including the omission of persons younger than age 40, the lack of inclusion of a number of cost categories, and the restriction of medical costs to only four eye diseases.   More

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