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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.

Specific areas of expertise include:

Representative Projects

Bank of Spain Survey of Household Finances. The Survey of Household Finances collects data on the investment and financial decisions of Spanish households. It is the sole source of disaggregated data of its kind in Spain and forms an important source of data for research and public policy.  More

Impact Evaluation of Development Programs in Benin and the Republic of Georgia. NORC has partnered with the Urban Institute to carry out impact evaluations of development programs funded through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The evaluation will assess the program contributions to economic growth, job creation, and increased household incomes, and will help guide the design of future programs. More

International Housing Sector Review. Under the sponsorship of the International Housing Coalition (IHC), in 2009 NORC staff authored a paper for wide public dissemination that argues for a very substantial change in U.S. foreign assistance policy. More

Performance and Impact Evaluation of USAID/Uganda School Health and Reading Project (SHRP). NORC is the prime contractor to USAID/Uganda to conduct a performance and impact evaluation of the School Health and Reading Program (SHRP), currently being implemented in 15 districts in Uganda. SHRP includes two sets of intervention: (1) an Early Grade Reading intervention targeted at students Grades 1-3, and (2) an HIV/AIDS intervention targeted at upper primary and secondary school students. NORC is responsible for designing and implementing the midterm and end-of-project performance evaluations and annual impact evaluations for this program.  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