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Assessing the Impact of Complex Projects

NORC’s expertise supports evaluation of multi-pronged development projects

Driven by a need to get the most from their development investments and a growing recognition that health, education, economic, and civil society issues are often deeply intertwined, governments, donor agencies, and non-governmental organizations have increasingly pursued multi-tiered initiatives that attempt to improve the well-being of vulnerable populations from more than one angle. To parse that complexity and assess the impact of those programs, they often turn to NORC. We are collaborating with USAID and the World Education Initiative to evaluate Tanzania’s Waache Wasome (Kiswahili for “Let Them Learn”) project, which uses a whole-of-girl approach to address the multiple factors—from the threat of school-related gender-based violence to the socioeconomic stability of families to women’s health—that often hinder girls’ education.

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NORC plans to interview more than 2,000 girls at baseline as part of Tanzania’s Waache Wasome study.

In Uganda, NORC is evaluating USAID Uganda’s Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity (LARA) Program, whose objective is to reduce school-related gender-based violence, improve retention rates, and increase students’ reading skills. Interventions under LARA include teacher training and the introduction of a new curriculum and materials that stress early grade reading and promote a safer learning environment through non-violent classroom management, positive discipline, and preventing, responding to, and reporting school-related gender-based violence.