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If you can measure that of which you speak… -William Thomson, Lord Kelvin
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Our History

70 Years of Leadership and Innovation in Social Science Research

​Founded in 1941, NORC at the University of Chicago has helped establish and continues to strengthen the rapidly evolving field of social science research. Numerous data collection and analytical tools that now set the industry standard were pioneered at NORC. Since its early years – when wartime opinion polling first brought the organization to prominence – NORC has enriched public policy debate and decision making by gathering and distilling critical information and contributing to the creation of entirely new bodies of knowledge. Committed to serving the public good, NORC’s work continues to inform decision makers and provides the foundation for effective solutions.

Our publication, Social Science Research in Action, is a retrospective covering some of NORC’s most influential work.



Social Science Research in Action