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

Housing Micro-Finance Programme Kyrgyzstan. NORC provided technical assistance related to the targeting and affordability of a housing loan program  designed to improve housing and related water and sanitation services to low-income households in Kyrgyzstan. More

Implementation of Programme Budgeting and Capital Investment Planning in Five Local Self-Governments in South-West Serbia. The project is funded by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), which is an implementing entity for the EU PROGRES Programme sponsored by the EU, the Government of Switzerland, and the Government of Serbia. The project provides practical technical assistance to five municipalities in South-West Serbia and builds their capacity in the interlinked domains of Program Budgeting (PB) and Capital Investment Planning (CIP). It is expected that this project would result in increased ability of local governments to use modern approaches to and methods of program budgeting and capital investment planning, which, in turn, would lead to broader developmental outcomes, which create cross-cutting improvements in fundamentals of local self-governance, such as better delivery of key services, being capable of longer-term, broader-scale developmental planning and related financial management, and better use of practical instruments of Good Governance, such as transparency, accountability, and public participation. These are especially important given Serbia's aspiration and actions toward EU accession.  More

MCC Impact Evaluation Services in the Republic of Georgia. The Goal of MCC’s Compact with the Government of Georgia is to reduce rural poverty through better economic performance by improving the two main barriers to economic growth: a lack of reliable infrastructure and the slow development of businesses, particularly agribusiness.  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

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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