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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

Impact Evaluation of Development Programs in Lesotho. NORC is conducting impact evaluations for the Millennium Challenge Corporation under the Millenium Challenge Account program in Lesotho: Health Centers Activity; Anti-Retroviral Therapy Clinics Activity ;  Rural Water Activity; and Urban Water Activity. 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

Mortgage Demand in Indonesia. NORC studied the Indonesian housing finance system for the International Finance Corporation (IFC )to understand current demand for mortages and predict demand for mortgages among middle-income households through 2010. More

Strengthening Institutions to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability. NORC studied Global Development Network's impact on (a) the quality of policy research produced by grantee/partner institutions, and (b) through opinion research, an understanding of grantees’ perceived effectiveness in the policy arena. More

Transparency and Accountability Project- Phase III (TAP 2 & 3). Under contract with the Results for Development Institute (R4D), NORC created the evaluation concept designed to assess the effects of the capacity building program implemented by R4D  in transitioning and developing countries. More

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Contacts

Jeffrey Telgarsky

(301) 634-9413

Jeffrey Hackett

(312) 759-4266