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NORC conducts studies about agriculture internationally and in the U.S.

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

Egypt Think Tank Workshop. The Goverment of Egypt invited NORC to conduct a workshop in early 2011 on the management of think tanks and research projects. NORC conducted sessions on think tank organization, management, analysis plans, research quality control, and communication. 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

USAID 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

Vietnam Land Market Development. NORC worked with the Mekong Private Sector Development Facility of the International Finance Corporation to evaluate the impact on business and investment of the Vietnamese Land Law, a comprehensive land code adopted in 2003.  More

Yes Youth Can! Impact Evaluation. NORC is conducting an impact evaluation for USAID/Kenya of the Yes Youth Can! (YYC) program.  YYC is an innovative and large-scale initiative funded by USAID to promote youth empowerment in Kenya.  In accordance with the learning and accountability objectives described in USAID's Evaluation Policy, YYC includes an impact evaluation to assess the causal impact of the program on the outcomes it seeks to influence. NORC designed the evaluation and implemented a survey of 9586 youths in Kenya.
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Contacts

Jeffrey Telgarsky

(301) 634-9413

Jeffrey Hackett

(312) 759-4266