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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.

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Representative Projects

Analyzing the Socioeconomic impact of the Water Hibah on Beneficiary Households and Communities (Stage 1). NORC has been tasked with developing the research method and supplemental materials for a comprehensive socioeconomic impact evaluation of the 2010/2011 Water Hibah program. NORC will be consolidating and preparing the baseline Water Hibah data for use in the impact evaluation. More

City to City Dialogues in Seven Balkan Countries. The World Bank Institute under the WB-Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP) launched the City-to-City Dialogues (C2C) for cities from Albania, B&H, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The overarching objective is to facilitate a dialogue and peer-to-peer learning among city practitioners. More

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

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

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

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Contacts

Jeffrey Telgarsky

(301) 634-9413

Jeffrey Hackett

(312) 759-4266