Health Programs

Ensuring that the health programs funded by the United States and other governments and nongovernmental organizations are effectively designed and implemented is an important part of improving quality of life around the world. NORC researchers’ public health and country-specific  knowledge has allowed them to inform the design and conduct impact evaluations of projects addressing a variety of global health concerns, including family planning, disease prevention, bio-security, food and water supply, and the use of conditional cash transfers to promote healthy behaviors. NORC conducts a performance and impact evaluation of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s School Health and Reading Program in Uganda. The program includes an HIV/AIDS intervention to improve HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes, and practices among primary and secondary school students.

Representative Projects

Improving Death Scene Investigation Processes and Death Reporting Practices after Disasters. For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NORC is currently working to develop tools to improve identification and attribution of disaster-related deaths. This project will help identify what information from the death scene is useful for determining disaster-related deaths and identifying risk and protective factors. The goal of the project is to create a toolkit that increases the consistency of data collection and reporting of disaster-related deaths across jurisdictions. To inform the development of this toolkit, NORC reviewed published and scholarly articles and state and county death scene guidelines, worksheets, and protocols to better understand what data are currently being collected. NORC also established a workgroup of key experts in the medicolegal death investigation field to discuss the landscape of current death scene investigation processes for disasters and make recommendations for more systematic data collection. These experts include death scene investigators, medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement agents, forensic pathologists, and epidemiologists. NORC convened a workshop of key experts and stakeholders to review and evaluate the appropriateness of the draft toolkit and feasibility of the proposed implementation. During the second year of the project, NORC is overseeing piloting of the toolkit in select regions.  In 2017, CDC and NORC will finalize and disseminate the toolkit to key stakeholder groups and organizations for review, comment, and approval. In the third year, NORC will develop a training on the finalized toolkit. More

MCA and MCC Honduras Impact Evaluation Services. The Goal of the MCC Compact in Honduras was to stimulate economic growth and poverty reduction. To accomplish this goal, the MCA-Honduras Program aimed to achieve the following objectives: to increase the productivity and business skills of farmers who operate small and medium sized farms (the “Agricultural Objective”); and reduce transportation costs between targeted production centers and national, regional, and global markets (the “Transportation Objective”).  More

Next Generation ACO Evaluation (CMMI). The Next Generation (NG) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model expands on the Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs, offering financial incentives to providers working together in groups. These incentives are intended to reward providers that maintain or improve quality of care and care services while reducing related costs for Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries. More

The ASMBS and NORC Survey on Obesity in America. ​A new study from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and NORC at the University of Chicago finds that Americans view obesity as tied with cancer as the most serious health problem facing the country. More

The Maricopa County Health Values Survey. ​The Maricopa County Health Values Survey is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will help inform local organizations working to improve the health of Maricopa County. We want to know the opinions of Maricopa County residents so that health improvement efforts can be strengthened there and around the nation. Households were chosen at random to participate. Although participation is voluntary, it is very important that we include each household chosen because they have been scientifically selected and cannot be replaced. The participation of each chosen household is needed to get a complete picture of Maricopa County opinions. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting this survey on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

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