Stephen Schacht is a Senior Research Scientist in the Education and Child Development Studies department. At NORC since 2004, he has been responsible for the design and maintenance of an online data archive containing complex datasets from the Gates Millennium Scholars Tracking and Longitudinal Study, and for all data products from the Survey of Earned Doctorates.
Schacht has more than 20 years of experience contributing to research projects in a number of substantive areas including education and crime. He has had lead roles in data structuring, data quality assurance, data manipulation, statistical analysis, and data mining of both primary and secondary data. In these roles he has worked on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Prior to arriving at NORC, Schacht served as a senior training consultant/statistician at SPSS Inc. (now SPSS IBM). In this role he developed and delivered statistical training courses and provided consulting to federal and state agencies, companies, and academic researchers on issues involving applications of statistics to their information needs and data analysis problems. He wrote and delivered advanced statistical analysis and data mining training courses including Introduction to Complex Samples, Advanced Statistical Analysis, and Data Mining: Modeling. Schacht led consulting projects involving power analysis, sampling, forecasting, credit scoring, and segmentation.