Qualitative Research

Among its many qualitative methods, NORC has specific expertise in structured interviews, focus groups, case studies and site visits, and convening expert panels.

Representative Projects

Evaluation of Short-Term Outcomes from Public Health Accreditation. On behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), NORC is conducting an evaluation of the short-term outcomes of national accreditation of public health agencies.  More

Health Care Innovation Awards Evaluation - Disease-Specific Portfolio. ​The Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIA) funds 108 initiatives across the country that propose compelling new ideas to further the three-part aim of better care for the individual, better health for populations, and lower costs through improvement of the care delivery process.  More

Interim and Final Report to Congress on the Community First Choice Option. NORC, along with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), has been awarded a contract from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to evaluate and draft the Interim and Final Reports to Congress on the Community First Choice (CFC) Option. The CFC Option, established under the Affordable Care Act, is a Medicaid State Plan option providing home- and community-based attendant services and supports to individuals requiring significant medical assistance. NORC will assist the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with Interim and Final Reports to Congress, which will reflect the findings of the evaluation.  More

NIJ Dating Violence Experiment in NYC I with PERF. For this project, on which NORC is a subcontractor to the Police Executive Research Forum, the research team randomly assigned 30 New York City middle schools (two 6th and two 7th grade classrooms in each, with a final total of 117 participating classrooms) to one of four conditions: (1) a classroom‐based intervention, (2) a building intervention, (3) both classroom and building interventions, or (4) a no‐treatment control group. The classroom curriculum included six sessions emphasizing the consequences for perpetrators of dating violence/harassment (DV/H); state and federal laws for DV/H; the setting and communicating of boundaries in relationships; and the role of bystanders as interveners.​​​ More

Practice-Based Needs and Research Questions Related to Emergency Preparedness Capabilities. For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NORC at the University of Chicago is assessing the research the information needs of public health practitioners related to public health emergency preparedness and response. Through this study, NORC will assist CDC in identifying gaps in preparedness, response, and recovery practice; determining key areas for research; and developing a prioritized agenda for future public health preparedness and response research.   More

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NORC Experts

Lance A. Selfa

Lance A. Selfa
Principal Research Scientist