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Research Scientist Office in Bethesda A work session in NORC's Bethesda offices Welcome to Bethesda The NORC Library

What We Do

NORC at the University of Chicago serves the public interest and improves lives through objective social science research that supports informed decision making.

Insight for Informed Decisions

Understanding our society – and taking action on the issues that confront it – requires insight gained through objective, high-quality social science research. That’s why decision makers and policy leaders turn to NORC at the University of Chicago, an independent research organization known for excellence, innovation, and effective collaboration.  Working with NORC experts, clients obtain the data and analysis needed to drive evidence-based decisions and improve public policy in fields such as health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment. Dedicated to the public interest for 70 years, NORC has helped a wide range of clients identify and address society’s most urgent challenges.

A Tradition of Excellence

As one of the oldest not-for-profit, academic research organizations in the United States, and through its affiliation with the University of Chicago, NORC maintains the highest standard of professional excellence and scientific rigor, and is committed to broad dissemination of its findings.

A Passion for Innovation

NORC’s subject matter experts and survey professionals develop and employ innovative study designs, research methods, and technical applications to derive meaningful and accurate results.

A Commitment to Collegiality

NORC cultivates an interdisciplinary culture of achievement in which senior investigators from diverse fields and professional backgrounds collaborate with the next generation of researchers in an open, collegial environment. ​​​

Professional Affiliations

Our leadership and collegiality extend beyond NORC. We contribute to national and international efforts to increase the value of our research by sharing our data and findings with other research organizations and by participating in associations that further social science research around the world. NORC staff members belong to leading research organizations including: