Kate Bachtell is a Senior Research Director in the Economics, Labor, and Population Studies Department at NORC. Bachtell works with the Making Connections Survey and oversees the day-to-day management of survey operations, data preparation, and data dissemination.
Bachtell currently serves as the associate project director for the Making Connections Survey, a cross-sectional and longitudinal study sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Since 2005, she has participated in the planning and execution of site-based survey data collection in ten disadvantaged communities across the U.S. She also coordinates a wide range of data dissemination efforts, including the preparation of longitudinal datasets and technical documentation for NORC’s Data Enclave, hosting informational data workshops and research conferences, and providing ongoing support to external data users.
In 2011 Bachtell served as the project director for a qualitative study with a small subset of former Making Connections participants in San Antonio, TX. The data is featured in her Ph.D. dissertation on neighborhood attachment among Hispanics in low-income communities. Bachtell also served as the project director for the Housing and Neighborhood Study (HANS), a pilot study commissioned by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Bachtell is active in presenting methodological research as well as substantive work in the areas of urban sociology, racial and ethnic relations, and immigration at several national and international conferences.