Child and Youth Well-Being

Enhancing children’s successful outcomes through young adulthood is an essential yet challenging component of international development. NORC has extensive experience working with governments and donor agencies and expertise in the social, environmental, and health factors that influence childhood development. Our researchers have made significant contributions to child and youth well-being projects around the world, including impact evaluations of programs as diverse as Honduras’s Bono 10,000 program, which provides annual cash payments to low income families who meet certain child care benchmarks, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Yes Youth Can! program, which promotes youth empowerment as a way of combating election-related violence and other forms of social unrest.

Representative Projects

Assessing PFCE through Parent Report: Analysis of Parent Narratives and Creation of a Parent Report PFCE Measurement Tool. In collaboration with the National Head Start Association (NHSA), NORC will conduct a content analysis of original narratives describing parents’ Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) experiences, within the Framework outlined by the Office of Head Start (OHS).  More

Evaluation of the Chicago Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) School Based STI Screening and Sexual Health Program. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting an outcome and implementation evaluation of the Chicago Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) School Based Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Screening and Education Program. In recognition of the program’s potential success in preventing both STIs and teen pregnancy, US Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS), Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) awarded CDPH a grant to conduct a formal evaluation of the program. The results of the evaluation will allow CDPH to provide evidence of the effectiveness of the STI program in improving student sexual health outcomes, including the prevention of STIs and teen pregnancy. The evaluation is designed to measure the impact of the STI program, which is currently being implemented in Chicago schools. More

Impact Evaluation of USAID 'Yes Youth Can!' - Kenya Project. Yes Youth Can! (YYC) is the largest USAID (United States Agency for International Development) program in the world, covering approximately 60% of Kenya. The YYC program was initially created in response to the 2007 post-election violence involving Kenya's youth, with the goal of empowering Kenya's oft-marginalized youth - economically, politically, and socially - through the creation, training, and support of self-led and managed youth groups. For this project, NORC was responsible for designing and conducting a rigorous impact evaluation. The impact evaluation is aimed at addressing both the Accountability and Learning objectives as laid out in the USAID Evaluation Policy, and will be used by USAID YYC staff in order to inform future programming in YYC in Kenya and beyond.​ 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

World Bank Baseline Survey for the Impact Evaluation of Mi Primer Empleo Youth Employment Program, Honduras. NORC carried out the baseline survey for an impact evaluation of the Mi Primer Empleo ("My First Job") Program in Honduras for the World Bank.  The program targets vulnerable youth to provide training and internships to alleviate unemployment. More


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