Democracy and Governance

Few areas of international development are as challenging as democracy and governance. Countries recovering from war or lacking the traditions or institutions that support civil society have often been prone to political violence and corruption. Gathering data that support the development and evaluation of programs that address violence and corruption can be complicated by the need to deal sensitively with victims, provide anonymity to respondents, and to work effectively and efficiently in environments where both the social and physical infrastructure may be compromised. NORC  researchers have the cultural sensitivity, subject matter expertise, and innovative technical skills necessary to meet these challenges. From 2014 to 2015, NORC began evaluating projects across a range of topics, including support for the peace process in Nepal, improved welfare of displaced children in Burundi and Moldova, and civic education programs in the former republic of Georgia, Peru, and Zambia.

Representative Projects

City to City Dialogues in Seven Balkan Countries. The World Bank Institute under the WB-Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP) launched the City-to-City Dialogues (C2C) for cities from Albania, B&H, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The overarching objective is to facilitate a dialogue and peer-to-peer learning among city practitioners. More

International Housing Sector Review. Under the sponsorship of the International Housing Coalition (IHC), in 2009 NORC staff authored a paper for wide public dissemination that argues for a very substantial change in U.S. foreign assistance policy. 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

The Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Wellness (OSAW) Study. ​​Pillar six of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommends for the USDOJ to “enhance and further promote its multi-faceted officer safety and wellness initiative,” with attention to fitness, resilience, and nutrition at every level of law enforcement agencies (LEAs), and a focus on the intersection of on-the-job stressors, safety risks, and suicidality as components of officer safety and wellness (OSAW).   More

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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