Statistical Design and Analysis

​​NORC statisticians and methodologists have pioneered innovations in all aspects of survey research, from understanding cognitive processes underlying respondents’ reaction to surveys and survey instrumentation to rigorous, efficient methods for conducting surveys and advanced techniques for analysis and interpretation of survey data. NORC boasts several world-renowned statisticians and methodologists, including five Fellows of the American Statistical Association.

NORC’s work in the area of respondent cognitive processes culminated in a number of key publications in the field of cognitive research, and continues to be a major strength in our organization's repertoire. NORC’s Statistics and Methodology Department makes substantial contributions to virtually all NORC projects and builds the methodological infrastructure that underlies all major NORC studies. This includes establishing statistical standards for use throughout the organization to ensure consistently high quality in the areas of sampling design and execution, development and testing of questionnaires and other instruments, statistical process control, design and development of estimation systems, statistical computing, disclosure and confidentiality analysis, record linkage, unduplication, and geocoding. In addition to these support functions, NORC statisticians and methodologists develop and execute projects with particular statistical or methodological complexities and assist social scientists from all parts of the organization in conducting research-related data analysis.

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Representative Projects

Birth Cohort Evaluation to Advance Screening and Testing for Hepatitis C (Best-C). The Birth Cohort Evaluation to Advance Screening and Testing for Hepatitis C (Best-C) will estimate the effectiveness and cost of a Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) screening strategy that targets all individuals in the birth cohorts born between 1945 and 1965 as compared with the current risk-based HCV screening approach. Best-C consists of two studies, a retrospective and a prospective study, where qualitative interviews will assess the feasibility and acceptance of the new (birth-cohort) strategy by medical staff and a simulation model will estimate the cost effectiveness of the birth-cohort screening compared to the risk-based screening.  More

Census PVS Assessment. As part of the Person Identification Validation System Assessment engagement with the Census Bureau, NORC has conducted a review of the Census Bureau’s record linkage methods associated with the PVS, as well as an environmental scan of record linkage methods used by other government agencies—both within and outside of the U.S.—and private enterprises.  More

Change and Stability at the Starting Gate: A Comparison of America's Kindergartners in 2010 and 1998. NORC will produce a report that presents findings from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-2011 (ECLS-K:2011) and compare nationally-representative samples of first-time kindergarten students from Fall 2010 and Fall 1998 with respect to cognitive skills and psychological characteristics, social backgrounds, and school experiences. More

Impact and Process Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) Program, Phases I and II. In 2011, NORC was awarded Phase I of a project to design and implement an Impact and Process Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) Program on behalf of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). The core activities of the MRC program are training, placing, and monitoring AmeriCorps members in school-based settings to implement reading and literacy interventions to children in both preschool (PreK) and K through 3rd grade (K-3) programs. Among its goals, Phase I was to explore options for designing a future impact evaluation of the MRC that assesses the impact of the program on students' literacy levels and on AmeriCorps members' (literacy tutors) educational goals and civic engagement. More

The Landmark Spirituality and Health Survey. ​The Landmark Spirituality and Health Survey is a sub-award with the University of Michigan for a grant from the John H. Templeton Foundation for the construction of the baseline effort for a nationally representative sample of adults. The effort includes finalization of the 70-minute CAPI questionnaire, drawing of the sample, screening and interviewing 3,000 adults  - 1,000 ages 18-40, 1,000 ages 41-64 and 1,000 ages 65 and above. Additionally, interviewers will collect weight using a blue tooth enabled sensor scale, waist circumference, hip circumference, height, blood pressure and pulse. Blood pressure and pulse will be measured using a blue tooth enabled wrist cuff. In addition, we will ask to collect blood spots via a finger prick for 6 standard assays.  More

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