Health Programs

Ensuring that the health programs funded by the United States and other governments and nongovernmental organizations are effectively designed and implemented is an important part of improving quality of life around the world. NORC researchers’ public health and country-specific  knowledge has allowed them to inform the design and conduct impact evaluations of projects addressing a variety of global health concerns, including family planning, disease prevention, bio-security, food and water supply, and the use of conditional cash transfers to promote healthy behaviors. NORC conducts a performance and impact evaluation of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s School Health and Reading Program in Uganda. The program includes an HIV/AIDS intervention to improve HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes, and practices among primary and secondary school students.

Representative Projects

Improving Death Scene Investigation Processes and Death Reporting Practices after Disasters. For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NORC is currently working to develop tools to improve identification and attribution of disaster-related deaths. This project will help identify what information from the death scene is useful for determining disaster-related deaths and identifying risk and protective factors. The goal of the project is to create a toolkit that increases the consistency of data collection and reporting of disaster-related deaths across jurisdictions. To inform the development of this toolkit, NORC reviewed published and scholarly articles and state and county death scene guidelines, worksheets, and protocols to better understand what data are currently being collected. NORC also established a workgroup of key experts in the medicolegal death investigation field to discuss the landscape of current death scene investigation processes for disasters and make recommendations for more systematic data collection. These experts include death scene investigators, medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement agents, forensic pathologists, and epidemiologists. NORC convened a workshop of key experts and stakeholders to review and evaluate the appropriateness of the draft toolkit and feasibility of the proposed implementation. During the second year of the project, NORC is overseeing piloting of the toolkit in select regions.  In 2017, CDC and NORC will finalize and disseminate the toolkit to key stakeholder groups and organizations for review, comment, and approval. In the third year, NORC will develop a training on the finalized toolkit. More

MCA and MCC Honduras Impact Evaluation Services. The Goal of the MCC Compact in Honduras was to stimulate economic growth and poverty reduction. To accomplish this goal, the MCA-Honduras Program aimed to achieve the following objectives: to increase the productivity and business skills of farmers who operate small and medium sized farms (the “Agricultural Objective”); and reduce transportation costs between targeted production centers and national, regional, and global markets (the “Transportation Objective”).  More

Next Generation ACO Evaluation (CMMI). ​The Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model expands on the Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs, offering financial incentives to providers working together in groups. These incentives are intended to reward providers that maintain or improve quality while reducing cost of care for Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries. Under the Next Generation ACO model, ACOs have greater flexibility to assume higher risk and potentially, earn higher incentives, while offering more predictable financial targets and greater choice in the design of provider payment and enrollee benefits. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (the Innovation Center) has asked NORC to assess the performance of first (2016) and second (2017) wave Next Generation ACOs over three to four year performance periods. NORC’s mixed-methods evaluation will describe ACO and provider features, characterize implementation across the ACOs, estimate the impact of the Next Generation ACO model on cost of care and measures of utilization, quality, and beneficiary health, and identify variation in model impact and replicability. 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

The North Central Nebraska Health Values Survey. ​The North Central Nebraska Health Values Survey is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will help inform local organizations working to improve the health of North Central Nebraska. We want to know the opinions of North Central Nebraska residents so that health improvement efforts can be strengthened there and around the nation. Households were chosen at random to participate. Although participation is voluntary, it is very important that we include each household chosen because they have been scientifically selected and cannot be replaced. The participation of each chosen household is needed to get a complete picture of North Central Nebraska opinions. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting this survey on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More

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