Karen Grigorian

Karen Grigorian Vice President and Director

Education and Child Development

M.P.M., Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management
Education Certification, Secondary Instruction, University of Michigan
B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan

Karen Grigorian is a vice president and director of the Education and Child Development department. In addition to leading the department and serving as a Project Director, she is Chair of NORC's Institutional Review Board.

Since joining NORC in 1993, Grigorian has gained extensive experience through her work, which spans the length of NORC's extensive library of social science surveys. She holds leadership responsibilities on many levels, including department administration, project management, department and project budget supervision, client relationships and human subjects' protections review. Currently working as the Project Director on the Survey of Doctorate Recipients sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Grigorian is responsible for all facets of the project, including client management, obtaining Office of Management and Budget clearance, sample design, controlled experiment designs, system architecture, data collection oversight, data products and deliverables such as final reports, and external data users' requests.

Grigorian regularly authors multiple presentations and reports and recently presented “Using Adaptive Design Methods to Locate and Survey a Longitudinal Sample After Decades” at the 2016 American Association of Public Opinion Research conference and “Development of the Sample Design for the International Survey of Doctorate Recipients” at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings.  She has co-authored an InfoBrief for the NSF, "Unemployment Among Doctoral Scientists and Engineers Remained Below the National Average in 2008" (2011) and a guideline for the U.S. Department of Education, How to Solicit Rigorous Evaluations of Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) Projects: A User-Friendly Guide for MSP State Coordinators (2005). Earlier in her career with NORC, Grigorian was the Director of the Data Preparation Center. This experience has given her a thorough understanding of the most effective data collection and quality assurance methodologies, which are seamlessly incorporated into her current project protocols.

Grigorian received her undergraduate degree and a secondary teaching certificate from the University of Michigan while working at the Institute for Social Research. Since that time, she has earned a Masters of Project Management.

Representative Projects

CollegePoint Virtual Advising Program Evaluation Surveys. ​NORC has been contracted to field up to three surveys beginning in 2016 to inform the evaluation of the CollegePoint Virtual Advising Program. This study is being conducted by America Achieves in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies' CollegePoint Initiative. More

High School and Beyond Follow-up Survey. NORC, in partnership with the University of Texas Austin, has continued the High School and Beyond (HS&B) Study. With grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Institute for Education Statistics, NORC conducted a follow-up study with the 1980 sophomore cohort of the HS&B sample. This project re-contacted the nationally representative HS&B sophomore sample members (N=14,825) just before most turned 50 years old.  This follow-up survey collected some current information on sample members' labor force experience, health status, family roles, and expectations for continued work and retirement.  These data will become part of a robust data source that will also include data from the 1980 base year survey and from the four follow-ups that took place between 1982 and 1992. This valuable resource will be used to study a number of issues related to the consequences for midlife health and labor force participation of adolescent and early adult circumstances and characteristics. More

Survey of Doctorate Recipients. NORC conducts the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR) for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).The SDR is a survey of 120,000 science and engineering doctorate recipients who earned their degrees from institutions within the United States. More


Event Annual Seminar on the Protection of Human Subject Research Participants (PHSRP), The Harris School of Public Policy Studies , Thursday, May 24, 2012 More
Posted: 5.22.2012 2:02PM