Democracy Human Right and Governance: Learning, Evaluation and Research (DRG-LER) Activity

DRG-LER is designed to advance learning activities in USAID’s DRG foreign assistance sector and provide critical data on the impact of DRG activities to assist with decision making. Project objectives include: 1) providing the U.S. government and other stakeholders with timely, solid evidence on impact and costs as needed for decision making about DRG foreign assistance intervention expansion and scale up, elimination, or scale back; and 2) contributing to the knowledge base of what works and does not work in the DRG sector. The DRG-LER project allows for more substantial involvement and collaboration between the DRG Center staff and academics to provide better learning opportunities and help internal USAID staff build capacity.

For this global activity, NORC designs and administers rigorous impact evaluations, performance evaluations, survey research, and qualitative case studies, and provides knowledge dissemination and training services as they relate to evaluation. DRG-LER is a task under NORC's MOBIS Contract and has no specific regional focus. Services provided by NORC include evaluations and other research in complex and multi-country environments as dictated by the evaluation agenda defined by USAID/DCHA/DRG. The DRG-LER project allows for more substantial involvement and collaboration between the DRG Center staff and academics, to provide better learning opportunities and help internal USAID staff build capacity.

To date, DRG-LER has conducted evaluations of projects that cover a large cross section of DRG issues including: government transparency and accountability, civic education and participation, internal management of governance systems in public institutions, Counter-Trafficking of Persons (CTIP), safety and well-being of displaced children, elections and political transitions, among others.

NORC employs various innovations that add rigor to each of the tasks under this project. We often employ a mixed method approach, integrating and substantiating our findings from qualitative and quantitative data collections. We use state of the art expertise in programming and collecting quantitative data via tablet, Web, telephone, and scannable paper and pencil surveys modes, and strong data collection training courses to ensure high quality data collections.