Laptop and Paper in Hand A Meeting in Hyde Park A work session in NORC's offices
An impromptu meeting in the NORC lobby

Our History

NORC: A History of Insight, Innovation, and Impact

For more than seven and a half decades, NORC at the University of Chicago has delivered reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical decisions on some of the most important issues society has faced.  Since its founding in 1941, the organization’s talented staff has conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Looking forward, NORC will continue to partner with government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

Learn more about NORC’s legacy, current work, and future in our commemorative 75th anniversary book, 75 Years of Insight, Innovation, and Impact.

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​75 Years of Insight, Innovation, and Impact
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