Dissemination and Knowledge Management

​The effective dissemination of data and the knowledge gained from it are at the core of the scientific mission. The tasks required to prepare and deliver data both for research and to inform policy have been central to NORC’s identity throughout its history. Our staff has developed cutting edge methodologies that they use when creating data products, whether for large-scale public distribution or internal client use.  These methodologies assess and ameliorate the risk of disclosing the identities of survey respondents and public program participants. We have also been actively engaged in new methods of delivering data through web technologies and applications. Data are now used by many new constituencies for whom traditional methods of delivering data are not useful. We work with our clients to develop the most effective way of communicating and delivering the data we collect to these new audiences.

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Representative Projects

Kenya Urban Program Baseline Study. The World Bank has contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to undertake a baseline study of the demographic, infrastructure, and economic profile of 15 Kenyan municipalities. More

Medicare Payment for Post-Acute Care Transfers. This study helped inform the expansion of Medicare’s post-acute care (PAC) transfer payment policy to additional DRG codes being considered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by providing objective analyses that highlight the perspective of rural hospitals.  More

Post-Acute Care: A Rural and Urban Comparison. This multi-phase analysis examined whether discharge patterns for and use of post-acute care services by rural and urban hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries differ and, if they do, what the sources are of these different patterns. Claims data from the 2000-2001 Medicare Standard Analytical Files (SAF) were used to examine rural and urban patterns of post-acute placement in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), medical rehabilitation facility, or home care following discharge from an acute hospital.  More

Roadmap for the Adoption of Health Information Technology in Rural Communities. The goal of this project was to develop a reference document that would be provided to attendees at the Office of Rural Health Policy's September 2006 conference and widely distributed to other interested parties following the conference.  Based on a review of the relevant literature as well as exhaustive review of relevant web sites, this document compiles information designed to help all types of rural health care providers along the road to adoption of health information technology.  More

Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) is a federal agency survey conducted by NORC for the National Science Foundation and five other federal agencies (National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration).* More

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Headlines

News Discover Magazine: Considering post-Millenial children with data and support from the GSS More
Posted: 7.17.2012 7:44PM
News The Los Angeles Times: Employment issues for transgender workers, with findings from the General Social Survey More
Posted: 6.13.2012 3:20PM
News Comparing Republican ideology of today with the 1970s, with help from the GSS More
Posted: 3.30.2012 4:03PM
News The Los Angeles Times: The increasing gap between conservatism and science, with data and findings from the General Social Survey More
Posted: 3.29.2012 4:26PM
News The Chicago Tribune: A look at one Chicago lesbian couple, with input and statistics from the GSS More
Posted: 3.14.2012 2:13PM

The NORC Data Enclave

​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.  Learn more

Contacts

Jeffrey Hackett

(312) 759-4266