Design and Methodology

Rigorous statistical design and an advanced methodological expertise underlie all NORC studies. At the critical early stages, research projects are defined and scoped by highly skilled NORC staff members in collaboration with our clients.

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2010 National Sample Frame. U.S. households are the primary unit for sample selection for many studies, but sample frames for households can be difficult and expensive to create. In order to provide a sample frame for use by many surveys, NORC has constructed the 2010 National Sample Frame, based on the 2010 Census information. This sample is representative of over 99% of U.S. households and provides a listing of almost 3 million households, including over 80,000 rural households. More

Evaluation of Primary Care/Mental Health Integration Project. NORC is working with Family Services Inc. to evaluate the effectiveness of a Behavioral  Health/Primary Care (BH/PC) integration project for adults with serious mental illness in Montgomery County Maryland. More

Evaluation of the Use of Clinical Preventive Services and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommendations. The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) contracted with NORC to study the implementation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for clinical preventive services in four different health plans: a closed-panel health plan, open-panel health plan, hybrid health plan having both open- and closed-panel characteristics, and governmental health plan. More

First 5 LA Family Survey. Funded by First 5 LA, the First 5 LA Family Survey will provide representative data about key indicators of well-being for children zero to five and their parents across 14 communities in Los Angeles County participating in Best Start.  Best Start is an ambitious place-based initiative with the goal of improving outcomes for children zero to five by ensuring children are born healthy, maintain a healthy weight, are free from abuse and neglect and enter school ready to learn.  More

Outcome Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps PreK Program. The limited number of previous evaluations on volunteer-only tutoring programs has shown variation in their effectiveness to improve children’s literacy proficiency. In 2014, NORC at the University of Chicago completed an evaluation of an AmeriCorps literacy intervention program, the Minnesota Reading Corps, which showed that volunteer AmeriCorps members can produce significantly greater increases in preschool student’s emergent literacy skills over a single school year.  More

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