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

Effects of Insurance Market Reforms. This project for the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services aims to document the effect on premiums of the 2010 insurance market reforms required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More

Home Care in Rural America. Several provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) have affected Medicare-covered home health care, including the interim payment system and the introduction of a prospective payment system for Medicare services. In two previous studies, Project HOPE examined the impact of the BBA on rural home health agencies (HHAs) and rural Medicare home care users. More

MACPAC Congressional Reports. NORC has been awarded a contract from The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to assist in the development of MACPAC's annual reports to Congress. MACPAC is a non-partisan commission providing policy analysis to Congress on the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Each year, MACPAC reviews state and federal payment and access policies for Medicaid and CHIP, conducts data analysis, and makes recommendations to Congress for the coming year. NORC has been providing management, technical editing, and formatting support for the annual reports to Congress since the agency's first report in 2011. 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

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

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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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