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The effective dissemination of data and the knowledge gained from it is 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 have developed cutting edge methodologies to assess and ameliorate the risk of disclosing the identities of survey participants, which is the first step in any release of data for use by the public. 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.
Specific areas of expertise include:
Aligning Quality and Public Reporting Programs for Physicians and other Practitioners.
For the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), NORC is supporting the development of a strategic plan to align quality and public reporting programs for physicians and other practitioners. Tasks include supporting an internal CMS workgroup with representatives of the CMS Compare Websites and other parties involved in developing and implementing the plan. More
Annual Survey of Employer Health Benefits, 2011.
NORC takes a lead role in the survey and sampling design for this grant, along with data collection, database construction, analysis, and writing of the annual report and journal article. More
Options for Structuring Disproportionate Share (DSH) Payments to Account for Uncompensated Care: Impact on Rural Hospitals.
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. 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: Stay or Leave: Evidence from a Cohort of Young Rural Physicians.
The goal of this project is to improve our understanding of the dynamics of how rural physicians decide where to practice. More
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