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

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

Recidivism in the NLSY97. NORC will create a public-use database from the 1997 cohort of the NLSY data to establish a research agenda to understand the social, economic, and educational factors that influence recidivism rates and successful reentry into society. More

Rural Health Research and Policy Center. ​The center was funded through the Rural Health Research Center Program in the Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   More

Rural Hospital Participation in the 340B Drug Discount Program. The 340B drug pricing program enables certain types of safety net organizations to obtain deeply discounted medications, at prices below the "best price" typically offered to Medicaid agencies. The 2003 Medicare Modernization Act revised eligibility criteria, thereby allowing many rural hospitals to participate. 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

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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


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