Strategy and Planning

NORC begins each project with a strategic planning phase, and continues to refer to and refine our strategic approach throughout the study or engagement. Many clients rely on NORC not only to create and carry out key research, but also to help them build research, data science, evaluation, and analysis capabilities within their own organizations.


Representative Projects

A Profile of Tribal Health Departments. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in partnership with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), NORC analyzed data from NIHB’s Tribal Public Health Capacity Assessment (TPHCA) conducted in 2009, to explore how Tribal health departments play a role in improving health status and reducing health disparities.  More

Birth Cohort Evaluation to Advance Screening and Testing for Hepatitis C (Best-C). The Birth Cohort Evaluation to Advance Screening and Testing for Hepatitis C (Best-C) will estimate the effectiveness and cost of a Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) screening strategy that targets all individuals in the birth cohorts born between 1945 and 1965 as compared with the current risk-based HCV screening approach. Best-C consists of two studies, a retrospective and a prospective study, where qualitative interviews will assess the feasibility and acceptance of the new (birth-cohort) strategy by medical staff and a simulation model will estimate the cost effectiveness of the birth-cohort screening compared to the risk-based screening.  More

Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Health Departments Seeking Accreditation. needs ​This project, for the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), investigated opportunities and challenges related to public health agency accreditation among rural health departments.  This project, for the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), investigated opportunities and challenges related to public health agency accreditation among rural health departments. More

Emergency Preparedness Planning: Modeling the Impact of Urban Evacuation on Surrounding and Rural Communities. ​​For the Western New York Public Health Alliance Advanced Practice Center (APC), NORC developed an evacuation modeling tool to predict likely evacuation destinations following emergency scenarios. More

Implementation of an M&E System for the African Cashew Initiative (ACI). The African Cashew Initative , funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to strengthen global competitiveness of cashew production and processing in five pilot countries in Africa: Mozambique, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin. More

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