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

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

City to City Dialogues in Seven Balkan Countries. The World Bank Institute under the WB-Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP) launched the City-to-City Dialogues (C2C) for cities from Albania, B&H, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The overarching objective is to facilitate a dialogue and peer-to-peer learning among city practitioners. More

HIV Open Data Project Evaluation. The HIV Open Data Project is a multiphase endeavor funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) that seeks to address several known challenges associated with monitoring HHS-funded HIV prevention, treatment, and care services, including the lack of consistency among key indicators, an inability to summarize progress across HHS-funded programs, and a lack of interoperability among systems for reporting programmatic and fiscal data. This project is intended to inform planning activities in support of the HIV Open Data Project by evaluating the feasibility of data streamlining and harmonization strategies across HHS-funded HIV prevention, treatment, and care services. More

Nigeria Financial Crisis Survey. NORC is conducting the Nigeria Financial Crisis Survey in Nigeria for the Enterprise Survey Group of the World Bank, a research group that conducts longitudinal and panel studies on the pressing issues of private enterprises in the developing world. More

Rwanda LAND Project. Rwanda’s population density is the highest in sub-Saharan Africa and continues to grow at a rate of nearly three percent per year. Scholars and researchers frequently cite land pressure and conflicts as contributing factors to the 1994 genocide which continue to be of concern. USAID will implement a program in Rwanda which will develop local research capacity in land- related issues, and support the government’s ability to improve access to justice for Rwandans, particularly vulnerable populations, on land-related issues. Chemonics International has been awarded a contract to implement a number of capacity building measures under this program and has retained NORC to assist in developing the policy research and development capacities of Rwandan civil society and state organizations. More

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