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

Affordable Care Act: Examining Policies & Implementation with State & Local Public Health Depts. On behalf of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within HHS, NORC is expanding prior project activities to explore the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on state and local public health departments.  More

Development and Evaluation of the Hurricane Recovery Program Community Resilience Pilot. The ability of a community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a natural disaster is a critical piece of resilience. Within these frameworks, increasing priority is being placed on community-based approaches to resilience, where the strength of networks and their sustainability plays a major role in the community’s overall resilience. More

From the Classroom to the Lab and Back: Instructional Strategies to Improve Children’s Early Math Skills. ​From the Classroom to the Lab and Back is a collaboration between researchers, practitioners and curriculum developers to develop, validate, and disseminate instructional strategies that advance the early math skills of 3 to 5 year old preschool children, particularly those from low-SES backgrounds. The collaboration is grounded in research demonstrating that early mathematics skills predict later achievement in mathematics. More

Medicare Beneficiary Outcomes in Rural and Urban Home Health Agencies. This study was conducted to determine whether rural and urban home care agencies differ in terms of patient care outcomes, and to ascertain whether there are agency characteristics that are associated with better or worse outcomes. More

Quality Improvement Organizations' Contributions to Rural Hospital Performance. ​This qualitative study identified examples in which rural hospitals have worked successfully with QIOs to improve performance and quality. More

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NORC Experts

Lance A. Selfa

Lance A. Selfa
Principal Research Scientist