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Eric Young
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About Our Name

We are frequently asked by reporters and others about proper use of the name of our organization in their stories or research reports.  Here is the answer to that question. Our name is simply NORC at the University of Chicago.

To learn morea about the name and usage, visit our "About Our Name" page.

NORC At A Glance

  • NORC at the University of Chicago was founded in 1941 by Harry Field and was originally associated with the University of Denver. 
    • Preferred first reference is "the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago."
    • Second reference may be to "NORC."
  • Current President and Chief Executive Officer is Daniel S. Gaylin
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Edward O. Laumann.
  • Offices are in Chicago, the D.C. Metro area, Atlanta, and Boston.
  • NORC is an independent affiliate of the University of Chicago. Over 50 percent of the NORC Board of Trustees are University of Chicago faculty or officers.
  • There are 10 research departments: Academic Research Centers; Center for Excellence in Survey Research; Economics, Labor, and Population Studies; Education and Child Development Studies; Health Care Research; International Projects; Public Health Research; Security, Energy, and Environment; Statistics and Methodology; Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Criminal Justice Studies
  • Employees (approximate numbers)
    • 600+ permanent employees
    • 30 Senior Fellows
    • 500 telephone interviewers
    • 1,000 to 1,500 field interviewers
  • Examples of Landmark Studies
    • General Social Survey (GSS)
    • High School and Beyond Study
    • National Health Survey (NHS)
    • National Immunization Survey (NIS)
    • National Longitudinal Studies of Youth (NLSY)
    • National Social Life, Health and Aging Project  (NSHAP)
    • Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS)
    • Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF)

About NORC Boilerplate

NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization headquartered in downtown Chicago with additional offices on the University of Chicago's campus and in the D.C. Metro area. NORC also supports a nationwide field staff as well as international research operations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates with government agencies, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to provide data and analysis that support informed decision making in key areas including health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment. NORC’s 70 years of leadership and experience in data collection, analysis, and dissemination—coupled with deep subject matter expertise—provides the foundation for effective solutions.