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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

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

MiDA-Ghana Feeder Roads Impact Evaluation. NORC and its local partner Pentax Management Consulting are conducting an impact evaluation of Ghana’s Feeder Roads Activity, to determine the impact of feeder roads improvements on farm incomes. More

Nigeria Sub-National Investment Climate Improvement. This project, undertaken for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, focused on problems with real property transactions in Nigeria that are creating disincentives to investment and leading to informality in property markets. 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

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

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Contacts

Jeffrey Telgarsky

(301) 634-9413

Jeffrey Hackett

(312) 759-4266