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

Effects of Insurance Market Reforms. This project for the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services aims to document the effect on premiums of the 2010 insurance market reforms required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More

IFC Indonesia Small and Medium Enterprise Banking Survey. The IFC contracted NORC to develop a survey that can be used by commercial banks to identify attractive market segments; determine appropriate channel, product, and marketing strategies; and inform decisions to accelerate or grow SME banking operations. More

MCC Impact Evaluation Services in Benin. NORC is designing, coordinating, and implementing rigorous impact evaluations of the Access to Land and Access to Credit components of MCC's programs in Benin. The impact evaluations will measure the contribution of these interventions to changing household income in the project intervention areas as well as examine the total value of additional investment on targeted rural land parcels. 
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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

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

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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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