Policy Analysis, Program Implementation, and Evaluation

Drawing on a mastery of analytic techniques and a keen knowledge of complex policy and regulatory frameworks, NORC collaborates with federal agencies, foreign govern­ments, and nonprofit organizations to ensure their programs are efficient and effective. NORC researchers and analysts also engage in all aspects of policy research and analysis.

Representative Projects

Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen the Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program. The first step in this study is to identify the key challenges for formative rural health network development through literature review and dialogue with expert informants. More

Financial Alignment Initiative Operation Support Contract. The purpose of this project is to assist the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with services to support the implementation of the Financial Alignment Initiative, a demonstration to test new approaches to providing integrated administrative, service delivery, and payment models for those individuals enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. States may choose to participate in two different models under the demonstration: 1) capitated model, and 2) managed-fee-for service model (MFFS). Under the capitated model, CMS and the state enter into a three-way contract with selected health plans to provide integrated benefits to individuals dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid and health plans receive a capitation rate for the full continuum of benefits provided to enrollees. Under the MFFS model, states have the flexibility to develop innovative approaches to coordinate care for this population, building upon Medicaid health homes, primary care case management programs, or other models. States participating in the MFFS model are eligible for a retrospective performance payment based on federal savings and quality outcomes achieved by enrollees. Any intervention must ensure seamless integration and access to all necessary services through coordination across the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  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

Impact of Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Conversion on Hospital Costs and Mix of Services. ​​Three cohorts of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) were followed over time, corresponding to the first three years of conversions in 1999 through 2001.​ More

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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