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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

Diagnostic and Design for Simplification of Land Administration in Bangladesh. This project, for the Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund of the International Finance Corporation, focused on registration of property rights and transactions that are leading to informality in land markets and dissatisfaction with government services.  More

Housing Micro-Finance Programme Kyrgyzstan. NORC provided technical assistance related to the targeting and affordability of a housing loan program  designed to improve housing and related water and sanitation services to low-income households in Kyrgyzstan. More

Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices and Coverage (KAPC) Survey Round 2. The scope of work for NORC will entail survey preparation and implementation including review of survey design; preparation of a sampling frame, review and finalization of data collection tools; pre-testing of the survey data collection tools; selection and training of survey teams; planning and coordinating of household level interviews (3,432 total cases); in-field quality control; data entry, error detection/correction and data cleaning and; preparation of survey report and meta data documentation. In addition, NORC is expected to undertake analysis of the changes since the baseline phase, which will entail analysis of data set from KAPC Survey Round I.  
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MCC Impact Evaluation Services in Benin. NORC is designing, coordinating, and implementing rigorous impact evaluations of the Access to Land and Access to Credit components of MCC's programs in Benin. The impact evaluations will measure the contribution of these interventions to changing household income in the project intervention areas as well as examine the total value of additional investment on targeted rural land parcels. 
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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