Technical Assistance

NORC’s staff is frequently asked to provide technical assistance (TA), often to the grantees of government- or foundation-sponsored programs.  This may include training, problem-solving, facilitating peer-to-peer communication and learning, and providing information and communication resources.  NORC staff includes a range of experts capable of providing TA on virtually any aspect of program administration, social science and evaluative research, IT implementation, and data management.  In addition, NORC routinely contracts with consultants and stakeholders with expertise in a wide range of areas to extend our own expertise on TA initiatives.

For topics that are specific to the situation of an individual recipient, one-on-one TA through telephone consultation or site visits may be appropriate depending on the level of need and the materiality of the request to the overall goals of the program.  In general the vast majority of TA requests can be resolved by a one-on-one expert teleconference.

Additionally, NORC has planned several major conferences for grantees of government programs.  These in-person meetings offer valuable opportunities to deliver hands-on TA via presentations made in large and small settings.  These activities are particularly effective when face time with experts and work in break-out groups are necessary to help TA recipients sort through complex issues.

Other specific areas of expertise include:

Representative Projects

Development of Secondary Mortgage Facility in Rwanda. NORC assisted the Rwanda Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to implement its plan to reform housing finance in the countryand assess the feasibility of restructuring the Housing Bank of Rwanda (BHR) to be a secondary mortgage market facility. More

Educational Tools and Resources to Support Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records Public Health Functionality. The goal of this project is to support the Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC) in developing useful tools and resources to help Regional Extension Centers (REC) support health care providers in achieving meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). More

Egypt Think Tank Workshop. The Goverment of Egypt invited NORC to conduct a workshop in early 2011 on the management of think tanks and research projects. NORC conducted sessions on think tank organization, management, analysis plans, research quality control, and communication. More

National Children's Study (NCS) Vanguard Study. In response to the Children’s Health Act of 2000, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) commissioned the National Children’s Study (NCS) Vanguard Study to prepare for a large-scale, national study of the effects of the environment on the growth, development, and health of children across the United States. More

Nigeria Sub-National Investment Climate Improvement. This project, undertaken for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, focused on problems with real property transactions in Nigeria that are creating disincentives to investment and leading to informality in property markets. More

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