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

Developing and Conducting an Evaluation of AoA's Program to Prevent Elder Abuse. ​The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services, has contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to design and conduct an evaluation of pilot interventions to prevent elder mistreatment through the Elder Abuse Prevention Interventions Program, which is funded by the Administration on Aging (AoA) and mandated by the Elder Justice Act.  The purpose of the project is to study the development and implementation of state grantees' elder abuse interventions, analyze administrative data, and report findings on the characteristics of victims and perpetrators of elder abuse or those at-risk, use of prevention services, and performance measures. More

Mortgage Demand in Indonesia. NORC studied the Indonesian housing finance system for the International Finance Corporation (IFC )to understand current demand for mortages and predict demand for mortgages among middle-income households through 2010. More

State-specific Design Parameters for Designing Better Evaluation Studies. This IES-funded project seeks to use State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) to estimate variance components and intraclass correlations for use in multi-level study designs in education.  Having plausible values of intraclass correlations is essential to planning how many schools and students are needed for an evaluation design.  This project is a continuation of efforts by Hedges and Hedberg to provide guidance on these parameters to the research community. Whereas their previous work used national probability samples to estimate these parameters, the current project uses state data. More

Strengthening Institutions to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability. NORC studied Global Development Network's impact on (a) the quality of policy research produced by grantee/partner institutions, and (b) through opinion research, an understanding of grantees’ perceived effectiveness in the policy arena. More

World Bank Infrastructure Improvement Evaluations in Egypt and Sri Lanka. The World Bank hired NORC to gather extensive transport cost data and create an econometric model to help answer whether improving roads to peripheral and isolated locations will reduce transport prices and improve physical connectivity. More

See all Statistical Design and Analysis projects

Headlines

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Contacts

Kennon R. Copeland

(301) 634-9432

Daniel Kasprzyk

(301) 634-9396

Jeffrey Hackett

(312) 759-4266