Ned English

Ned English Senior Survey Methodologist

Statistics and Methodology

M.S., Geography, The University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., Geography, McGill University

Ned English is a Senior Research Methodologist at NORC at the University of Chicago. English is responsible for the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capacity at NORC, in addition to project management and sample design on numerous studies across disciplines. Formally trained as a geographer, English has diverse theoretical and applied experience in the areas of GIS and Census data analysis with regard to survey methodology, sample design, and data visualization.          

English has been responsible for mapping and GIS-related analyses for major NORC projects, including the General Social Survey, the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, and the Survey of Consumer Finances. English also serves as the lead statistician on some of the most important studies at NORC, for clients such as the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institutes on Aging.  In addition, he manages projects across departments.  English is a leader in the survey field with respect to address-based sampling research for in-person and multi-mode surveys, with work published in peer-reviewed journals and monographs. 

Prior to NORC English worked as a GIS consultant implementing mapping and spatial solutions for numerous clients in the public and private sectors.

English's work has been published in Field Methods, the Journal of Gerontology, the American Journal of Public Health, and The Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, and he co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Survey Research. English has presented papers at the American Statistical Association, the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and the Association of American Geographers on the topics of address-based sampling, field listing, address coverage in surveys, and various applications of GIS and spatial statistics in survey methodology.

Ned was Associate Secretary-Treasurer for MAPOR, in 2014-2015, and is Secretary-Treasurer for MAPOR, 2015-2016.

Representative Projects

The Cultural Lives of Californians: Insights from the California Survey of Arts & Cultural Participation. The report, The Cultural Lives of Californians: Insights from the California Survey of Arts & Cultural Participation — through a literature review, survey, and analysis of the survey data provides us with a better understanding of arts participation within the cultural ecology of California. The study examined the varied ways that people participate in a range of arts activities and how they express themselves through artistic means. More

2010 National Sample Frame. U.S. households are the primary unit for sample selection for many studies, but sample frames for households can be difficult and expensive to create. In order to provide a sample frame for use by many surveys, NORC has constructed the 2010 National Sample Frame, based on the 2010 Census information. This sample is representative of over 99% of U.S. households and provides a listing of almost 3 million households, including over 80,000 rural households. More

Houston Foreclosure Study. ​Researchers at the University of Houston and NORC are designing a small panel survey to illuminate the factors contributing to foreclosure (including a test of financial literacy) and what happens to families after they leave their foreclosed home. An additional research question is the impact of foreclosure on children.  More

Survey of Economically Successful Americans. Economically successful Americans have views about national problems that can be of great value to scholars and policy makers.  But little is known about the views of the most successful Americans which leads to these views being ignored and sometimes distorted by the media.  The Survey of Economically Successful Americans and the Common Good (SESA) gives this select group a rare opportunity to make their voice heard by academics and policy makers engaged in matters of national importance. More

Resident Relocation Survey. NORC at the University of Chicago has been conducting the Resident Relocation Survey (RRS) to gain an understanding of the impact of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Plan for Transformation, an ambitious effort to rehabilitate or replace substandard high-rise public housing developments in Chicago, on the lives of those relocated.​​​ More

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