Policy Analysis and Recommendations

​From literature reviews to policy option papers, NORC researchers and analysts, often in collaboration with University of Chicago faculty members, engage in all aspects of public policy research and analysis.  This work is frequently complemented by quantitative analysis, cost-benefit analysis, market assessments, financial analysis, and other techniques.  We are skilled at translating the results of any of these analyses into meaningful messages for the full spectrum of stakeholders.  In addition to high-quality reports and publications, these efforts may include the creation of executive summaries, compelling audio/visual presentations, or a variety of other materials for delivering take-home messages on study results to the general public. 

Specific areas of expertise include:

Representative Projects

Biodemography of Exceptional Longevity in the United States. This project proposes to investigate why some people manage to survive to extreme old age (100+ years) and what are the biological and social correlates of exceptional longevity. These are important issues not only for demographic forecasts of human mortality and population aging, and the policy implications on health-care and pension expenditures, but also for improving our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of human aging and longevity. The project proposes to explore the effects of early-life living conditions, adult physical characteristics, marriage, and reproductive history on exceptional longevity, and will test a number of related biomedical and social hypotheses.  The project is designed as an interdisciplinary study of exceptional human longevity. To contribute to the research infrastructure for subsequent longevity studies world-wide, a database with integrated, matched information on longevity predictor variables will be developed, and made available to the research community on the Internet. More

Housing Finance in the Palestinian Territories. ​NORC worked to evaluate and improve housing finance capabilities in the Palestinian Territories with the World Bank’s FIRST Initiative, a special-project facility to support improvements to operations of financial markets in emerging countries. More

Impact Evaluation of Development Programs in Benin and the Republic of Georgia. NORC has partnered with the Urban Institute to carry out impact evaluations of development programs funded through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The evaluation will assess the program contributions to economic growth, job creation, and increased household incomes, and will help guide the design of future programs. More

Use of Technology to Support Head Start Practice. ​The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Planning Research and Evaluation (OPRE) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to review the knowledge base related to the use of technology to support the practice of early childhood practitioners who work directly with children and families. More

Workforce Network Development Program. The evaluation of the Workforce Network Development Program will gather information on the activities grantees are engaging in to establish programs to encourage health professions students and residents to practice in rural communities.  More

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Posted: 6.28.2012 9:45AM
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 MSN Health: Re-evaluating American obesity, with insight from NORC Senior Fellow Michael J. O'Grady More
Posted: 3.22.2012 3:03PM
News The Republic: "Predicting number of very old is confounding" with research from Biodemography of Exceptional Longevity in the United States More
Posted: 3.15.2012 4:19PM
News The Wall Street Journal: NORC's Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov ask if mortality can actually increase after 80 More
Posted: 3.5.2012 4:28PM

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