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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2012 National Survey of Indigent Defense Systems (NSIDS). Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the 2012 National Survey of Indigent Defense Systems (NSIDS) will gather data about the manner by which defense services are provided to indigent people accused of crime for which they may be jailed or imprisoned under states' laws in each county and state throughout the United States.  More

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

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

Trends in Health Insurance Premiums. This study for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) aims to build a baseline data set for the years 2008-2011 from 30 states that will enable the HHS and others to evaluate the impact of the Affordable Care Act. More

Trends in U.S. Public’s Awareness of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health (1999-2010). NORC, under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) Office of Minority Health (OMH), conducted a study of Trends in U.S. Public Awareness of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health (1999-2010). The study provides a comprehensive analysis of awareness among the U.S. public of health disparities that place a disproportionate burden of preventable disease and premature death on racial and ethnic minorities as compared to the rest of the U.S. population. More

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