Data Enclave

​NORC is a leader in the development and management of data in a protected environment.  The NORC Data Enclave is a tool that allows the sharing, among a closed community of researchers, of datasets that are too sensitive to share broadly.  The NORC Data Enclave archives, curates, and indexes the data; provides researchers remote and onsite secure access to the data; and statistically protects confidential information. 

In addition, the NORC Data Enclave team manages an active outreach program to inform the national research community of the data and to foster the use of the data in research leading to conference presentations and journal publications.  NORC also conducts an extensive education and training program to ensure appropriate use and disclosure of the data, including its confidentiality.

Representative Projects

Partnership with Washington State to Create Public Use Data. NORC at the University of Chicago will pilot a study of the feasibility of establishing a technical assistance center with two primary purposes: (a) to greatly expand access to the rapidly growing longitudinal databases on student academic performance now being compiled by virtually all states, and (b) to mitigate the burden on the states of responding to researcher requests for these data in a manner that meets the stringent standards set by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99).  More

Sustaining a Virtual Community. Led by Harvard Business School Professor Josh Lerner, PCRI is a not-for-profit corporation funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and the Association of Corporate Growth. PCRI's overarching mission is to promote a better understanding of the Private Capital Industry. More

The Study of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) provides commodity foods, fruits and vegetables to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations and to American Indians residing in designated areas in Oklahoma. The study will provide current information on the participant characteristics, reasons for participation, local program administration, and access barriers. NORC will review a national probability sample of FDPIR case records and conduct interviews with 832 FDPIR households across 25 FDPIR programs, analyze these data, and create a public use data file. NORC will also engage in tribal consultations with USDA and conduct outreach with tribes.    More

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Timothy M. Mulcahy

(301) 634-9352

Chet Bowie

(301) 634-9334