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.

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

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

Developing and Implementing Quality of Care Measures for Accountable Care Organizations. This project, for which NORC is a subcontractor to QRS Inc., seeks to assist the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in developing, testing, and implementing accountable care organization (ACO) quality measures. 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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Headlines

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
Event Teen Dating Violence Intervention & Prevention, , Wednesday, February 29, 2012 More
Posted: 2.13.2012 1:38PM
News UPI.com: Pondering mortality rates after 80, with research from NORC Expert Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 2.7.2012 2:03PM

Contacts

Kennon R. Copeland

(301) 634-9432

Daniel Kasprzyk

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Jeffrey Hackett

(312) 759-4266