Study Design and Survey Methodology

​​Critical activities take place at the earliest stages of a research project, including the identification of the issues of interest, the formulation of the research questions, investigation of prior research, selection of methods and approaches, and steps to ensure the comparability of the project to prior research and the utility of anticipated findings to potential future research. In conceiving a research project and devising the research process, NORC relies on the knowledge and experience of its own highly skilled staff members and turns to the faculty scholars at the University of Chicago. 

Specific areas of expertise include: 

Representative Projects

Evaluation of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. On behalf of NSF, NORC is conducting a study that will provide rigorous evidence of the impact of the GRFP on individuals’ educational decisions, career preparations, aspirations and progress, as well as professional productivity; and provide an understanding of how the program is implemented by universities and whether and how specific program policies could be adjusted to make the program more effective in meeting its goals.
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Evaluation Study Design for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The Administration for Community Living (ACL) contracted with NORC to develop an evaluation study design to better understand and assess the effectiveness of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP). NORC was tasked with building the evidence base on LTCOPs in order to develop recommendations for a rigorous and comprehensive study design that investigates program efficiency and program effectiveness at multiple levels, including the resident/family, facility, local/state/program, and federal levels. The effort was led by NORC with extensive input from the ACL and a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) that was created to guide and inform the overall research objectives and design of the project. Key tasks involved the development of a family of logic models and  a set of overarching research questions as well as the identification of data collection tools and sources. More

Multiple System Utilization Among TRICARE Beneficiaries. This study seeks to describe the role of individual beneficiary choice for increased use of civilian care by analyzing outcomes and processes of care to determine if beneficiaries have care coordination problems.   More

Performance and Impact Evaluation of USAID/Uganda School Health and Reading Project (SHRP). NORC is the prime contractor to USAID/Uganda to conduct a performance and impact evaluation of the School Health and Reading Program (SHRP), currently being implemented in 15 districts in Uganda. SHRP includes two sets of intervention: (1) an Early Grade Reading intervention targeted at students Grades 1-3, and (2) an HIV/AIDS intervention targeted at upper primary and secondary school students. NORC is responsible for designing and implementing the midterm and end-of-project performance evaluations and annual impact evaluations for this program.  More

Tracer Survey of Qualified Vocational Training Applicants. MCA-N has contracted with NORC to implement a Tracer Survey of Qualified Vocational Education and Training (VET) applicants. The objective of this survey is to collect high-quality data to support the impact evaluation of the training funded through the Vocational Training Grant Fund (VTGF) established by Millennium Challenge Account Namibia and through the Namibia Training Authority's (NTA's) National Training Fund (NTF). The impact evaluation will use a matching, a double difference and a single difference approach, and will focus on the impact on income and employment outcomes.
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Headlines

News Forbes: What NORC's Greg Wolniak and The Success Study of the Horatio Alger Association are doing to make a difference More
Posted: 5.3.2013 2:28PM
News The Huffington Post: Social capital in weapons ownership, with insight from the GSS More
Posted: 8.1.2012 4:35PM
News CNN: Less people have more guns according to the General Social Survey More
Posted: 8.1.2012 4:33PM
News Discover Magazine: The marrying, educated kind, with findings made possible by the GSS More
Posted: 7.30.2012 4:49PM
News The New York Times: The future income of our children and current couples, with information from the NLSY More
Posted: 7.17.2012 8:00PM

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