Infrastructure and Urbanization

Investment in transportation, energy, communication, and sanitation infrastructure is an important development tool that can drive economic growth and entrepreneurship and improve public health. Gathering data that informs the design and measures the effectiveness of infrastructure projects is an important part of NORC’s international portfolio. NORC researchers have been conducting impact evaluations of road- and bridge-building projects, urban and rural water treatment projects, urban and rural clinics and health centers, and a variety of other infrastructure  initiatives, many of them funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Dutch development bank Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V., and Australia’s aid program.

Representative Projects

Cultural Infrastructure in the United States. The Cultural Policy Center's largest continuing project is the research funded by the Kresge, Mellon, and MacArthur foundations on "Cultural Infrastructure in the United States," a national study of the organizational decisions behind, implementation strategies for, and consequences of the building boom in museums, theaters, and performing arts centers in the U.S. between 1994 and 2008. It is the first comprehensive analysis of cultural building in the United States to be carried out at this scale and depth. More

Diagnostic and Design for Simplification of Land Administration in Bangladesh. This project, for the Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund of the International Finance Corporation, focused on registration of property rights and transactions that are leading to informality in land markets and dissatisfaction with government services.  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 Evaluation Services in Lesotho. NORC is working with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) to carry out the evaluation of the Renovation Efforts for Health Clinics and the Hospital Outpatient Departments (OPDs) projects that distribute Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART).  More

MCA Burkina Faso Agricultural Data Collection in the Sourou Valley and Comoe Basin. NORC, together with its local Burkina partner CERFODES, is designing the study sample, developing all data collection tools, and gathering data that will be used to monitor and conduct impact evaluations of MCA-Burkina programs. More

MiDA-Ghana Feeder Roads Impact Evaluation. NORC and its local partner Pentax Management Consulting are conducting an impact evaluation of Ghana’s Feeder Roads Activity, to determine the impact of feeder roads improvements on farm incomes. 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

Tracer Survey of Qualified Vocational Training Applicants. MCA-N has contracted with NORC to implement a Tracer Survey of Qualified Vocational Education and Training (VET) applicants. The objective of this survey is to collect high-quality data to support the impact evaluation of the training funded through the Vocational Training Grant Fund (VTGF) established by Millennium Challenge Account Namibia and through the Namibia Training Authority's (NTA's) National Training Fund (NTF). The impact evaluation will use a matching, a double difference and a single difference approach, and will focus on the impact on income and employment outcomes.​ More

USAID 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

Vietnam Land Market Development. NORC worked with the Mekong Private Sector Development Facility of the International Finance Corporation to evaluate the impact on business and investment of the Vietnamese Land Law, a comprehensive land code adopted in 2003.  More

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