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

Namibia Conservancy Support and Indigenous Natural Products (CS.INP) Surveys. NORC has been contracted to implement a Conservancy Support and Indigenous Natural Products Household and Organizational Survey to support the  Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Compact with the Republic of Namibia. More

National Children's Study (NCS) Vanguard Study. In response to the Children’s Health Act of 2000, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) commissioned the National Children’s Study (NCS) Vanguard Study to prepare for a large-scale, national study of the effects of the environment on the growth, development, and health of children across the United States. More

Practice-Based Needs and Research Questions Related to Emergency Preparedness Capabilities. For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NORC at the University of Chicago is assessing the research the information needs of public health practitioners related to public health emergency preparedness and response. Through this study, NORC will assist CDC in identifying gaps in preparedness, response, and recovery practice; determining key areas for research; and developing a prioritized agenda for future public health preparedness and response research.   More

Rural Health Outreach Tracking and Evaluation: Community Health Worker Evidence Based Models. The goal of this project is to identify evidence-based models (EBMs) that may benefit the 330A Outreach Authority Program grantees, document the scope of their use in the field, and build topic-specific EBM Toolkits to be housed within an EBM Warehouse on the RAC Website.  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

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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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