DRG Learning, Evaluation, and Research

Under the DRG Learning, Evaluation, and Research (LER) contract, NORC designs and implements impact and perforamnce evaluations of USAID democracy, human rights, and governance programs, carries out surveys of vulnerable populations (such as victims of human trafficking), and conducts research to advance USAID’s learning agenda.

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NORC is currently designing, implementing or supporting fifteen impact evaluations of USAID democracy, human rights, and governance programs in fourteen countries.

How does your innovation work?

Rather than trying to measure the effectiveness of entire programs, NORC relies on academic researchers as Principal Investigators who identify specific interventions to test in the impact evaluation. These interventions are selected both to be consistent with the oveall objectivbes of the USAID program that is the subject of the evaluation and to advance the state of knowledge (as evidenced by the exsiting body of published and unpublished research on the topic) about the intervention. The impact evaluations are generally randomized control trials (RCTs), which generate the strongest evidence about the effectiveness of the intervention.

What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?

Through the USAID Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, the results of the impact evaluations are shared among USAID DG officers. Additionally, the Center conducts annual clinics to train USAID Mission staff on the value and use of impact evaluations and to identify candidate programs for future impact evaluations under DRG-LER.

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