Strategy and Planning

NORC begins each project with a strategic planning phase, and continues to refer to and refine our strategic approach throughout the study or engagement. Many clients rely on NORC not only to create and carry out key research, but also to help them build research, data science, evaluation, and analysis capabilities within their own organizations.


Representative Projects

A Profile of Tribal Health Departments. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in partnership with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), NORC analyzed data from NIHB’s Tribal Public Health Capacity Assessment (TPHCA) conducted in 2009, to explore how Tribal health departments play a role in improving health status and reducing health disparities.  More

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

Content Alignment of NAEP Grade 8 Assessments and ACT Explore. ​NORC at the University of Chicago, along with its subcontractor, the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services, has begun to analyze the degree of content alignment of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading and Mathematics assessments for grade 8 and the ACT Explore assessments in reading and mathematics. The purpose of this research under a contract from the National Assessment Governing Board (Governing Board) is to evaluate the extent to which 8th grade NAEP assessments are aligned in content and complexity with the Explore assessments.​​ More

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

Network for a Healthy California 2012 Mass Communications and Social Marketing Formative Research. The main aim of the Network for a Healthy California (Network) 2012 Social Marketing Campaign Formative Research Study is to determine what strategies and messages will be most effective in the next phase of the Network's social marketing campaign. The campaign has used paid advertising, public relations and community outreach to promote healthy eating and physical activity among low-income residents of California with a particular focus on CalFresh (formerly, Food Stamp) recipients and their families These efforts are sponsored by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).     More

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