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

A Study of the Working Environments of the Natural Science Departments in the University of Chicago and Northwestern University (Faculty Climate Study). On behalf of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting an in-depth qualitative analysis of the working climate within each university's natural sciences departments.  More

Aligning Quality and Public Reporting Programs for Physicians and other Practitioners. For the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), NORC is supporting the development of a strategic plan to align quality and public reporting programs for physicians and other practitioners. Tasks include supporting an internal CMS workgroup with representatives of the CMS Compare Websites and other parties involved in developing and implementing the plan.  More

Analysis of Data Methods and Taxonomies Used to Assess the Public Health Workforce in the U.S.. The University of Michigan Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce led the creation of the Public Health Workforce Taxonomy for Enumeration, with input from state and local health departments and support from the CDC. The taxonomy consists of 12 axes, each focusing on a different category for describing public health workers. To examine the utility of the taxonomy, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) contracted with NORC to conduct this study.    More

Evaluation of the Beacon Cooperative Agreement Program. Under contract to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), NORC conducted an evaluation of the Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program.  Under this program, ONC funded 17 communities across the country to invest in health IT and HIE infrastructure to support a variety of interventions, including care-delivery innovations, provider feedback and measurement initiatives, and tools for providers and consumers to enhance care. More

Improving Death Scene Investigation Processes and Death Reporting Practices after Disasters. For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NORC is currently working to develop tools to improve identification and attribution of disaster-related deaths. This project will help identify what information from the death scene is useful for determining disaster-related deaths and identifying risk and protective factors. The goal of the project is to create a toolkit that increases the consistency of data collection and reporting of disaster-related deaths across jurisdictions. To inform the development of this toolkit, NORC reviewed published and scholarly articles and state and county death scene guidelines, worksheets, and protocols to better understand what data are currently being collected. NORC also established a workgroup of key experts in the medicolegal death investigation field to discuss the landscape of current death scene investigation processes for disasters and make recommendations for more systematic data collection. These experts include death scene investigators, medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement agents, forensic pathologists, and epidemiologists. NORC convened a workshop of key experts and stakeholders to review and evaluate the appropriateness of the draft toolkit and feasibility of the proposed implementation. During the second year of the project, NORC is overseeing piloting of the toolkit in select regions.  In 2017, CDC and NORC will finalize and disseminate the toolkit to key stakeholder groups and organizations for review, comment, and approval. In the third year, NORC will develop a training on the finalized toolkit. More

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NORC Experts

Lance A. Selfa

Lance A. Selfa
Principal Research Scientist