Rupa Datta

​Rupa Datta is a Vice President and Senior Fellow in the Center for Excellence in Survey Research at NORC and is a lecturer at the Harris School of Graduate Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago.

Datta has led major national surveys for 15 years and is currently the Project Director for the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), overseeing all project activities. For this project, NORC is partnering with Chapin Hall Center for Children to conduct the first national study of child care supply and demand in more than 20 years for the Department of Health and Human Services. Datta also led the earlier phase of this research as Project Director of the Design Phase of the National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand.

Prior to  her work on NSECE, Datta was Deputy Project Director on the 2010 Census Integrated Communications Program Evaluation—the official federal evaluation of the U.S. Census Bureau’s communication and partnership efforts to improve co-operation with the decennial census in 2010. Throughout her career, Datta has played many leadership roles on the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 Cohort.