NORC conducts studies about agriculture internationally and in the U.S. Meeting Room Hyde Park Growing Lettuce and Agriculture Flags Meeting in NORC's Bethesda office 
Collaboration in the Hyde Park Office

International Development

Global development and financial assistance programs demand a broad range of research and analysis to insure that work is structured to serve the needs of aid recipients and that resources are applied appropriately and most effectively. 

NORC has a history of work in the international arena beginning shortly after its founding in 1941, when it began to look at research issues outside the United States. In the 1960's, NORC led a five-nation study of public attitudes toward various political systems, and a national study of Canadian youth on their attitudes toward biculturalism and bilingualism. Two decades later, NORC worked with researchers in Japan and the Soviet Union to create comparability between variables used in surveys abroad to those used in the U.S. NORC’s international subject matter expertise includes agriculture, democracy and governance, roads and infrastructure, international finance, microfinance, investment climate, and poverty alleviation. From Millennium Challenge Account projects in Burkina Faso, Honduras, Morocco, and Namibia to housing finance projects in the West Bank and Gaza, Azerbaijan, and Rwanda, NORC approach is culturally sensitive and uses technology appropriate to each study environment.  NORC brings the skills and experience gained in conducting the Survey of Consumer Finances for the Federal Reserve Board to the landmark Bank of Spain Survey of Family Finances.

Today NORC’s international team works on projects around the globe—in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, and Australia.  Its work encompasses technical assistance, surveys, program evaluation and impact analyses, and other kinds of analytical work. Even in remote parts of the world, NORC strives to use the most advanced and appropriate technology in the service of greater and more accurate data collection.

Specific areas of expertise include:

Representative Projects

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

Kenya Urban Program Baseline Study. The World Bank has contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to undertake a baseline study of the demographic, infrastructure, and economic profile of 15 Kenyan municipalities. More

Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices and Coverage (KAPC) Survey Round 2. The scope of work for NORC will entail survey preparation and implementation including review of survey design; preparation of a sampling frame, review and finalization of data collection tools; pre-testing of the survey data collection tools; selection and training of survey teams; planning and coordinating of household level interviews (3,432 total cases); in-field quality control; data entry, error detection/correction and data cleaning and; preparation of survey report and meta data documentation. In addition, NORC is expected to undertake analysis of the changes since the baseline phase, which will entail analysis of data set from KAPC Survey Round I.  

Togo Service Delivery Indicators (Health). The World Bank has contracted NORC to carry out data collection, produce a clean data set, deliver a country report, and create a data archive for the Service Delivery Indicator (SDI) survey of health clinics in Togo. The SDI is a set of 20 indicators designed to examine the availability of staff and resources in the health and education sectors in over a dozen African countries via in-depth surveys of clinic/school management as well as individual clinicians and teachers.  More

Tracer Survey of Qualified Vocational Training Applicants. MCA-N has contracted with NORC to implement a Tracer Survey of Qualified Vocational Education and Training (VET) applicants. The objective of this survey is to collect high-quality data to support the impact evaluation of the training funded through the Vocational Training Grant Fund (VTGF) established by Millennium Challenge Account Namibia and through the Namibia Training Authority's (NTA's) National Training Fund (NTF). The impact evaluation will use a matching, a double difference and a single difference approach, and will focus on the impact on income and employment outcomes.

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