Survey Data Collection

​NORC has long been an innovator in survey design and operations, adept at data collection across multiple modes—landline, cell phone, paper, the web, and in-person interviews, as well as non-interview data sources. Our survey experts can not only work on surveys to be conducted by NORC, but can also consult with clients on internal survey development and implementation.

NORC’s experience ranges from small studies to larger longitudinal and cross-sectional studies, and includes multiple data collection modes and panel-based surveys using NORC’s AmeriSpeak Panel. Our range of expertise means we are particularly skilled at helping clients evaluate the trade-offs between various survey modes and at identifying the optimal approach to data collection given a client’s research needs, available resources, characteristics of the respondent population, and survey complexity.  We survey an array of respondents, including individuals and organizations, and cover a range of general topics as well as very sensitive subjects.

NORC excels at obtaining high-quality data and achieving high response rates from populations sometimes hard-to-reach or hard to survey. Our portfolio includes surveys of older adults on topics that include health and sexual behavior, racial and ethnic minorities on health topics, young people recently out of foster care on life experiences and prospects, immigrants, and high-income individuals on financial issues. NORC also has particular expertise in the collection of longitudinal data. NORC’s careful, respectful approach to respondents of longitudinal surveys, an approach anchored in careful training and regular supplemental training, has yielded high retention rates for projects of more than 30 years duration.

Specific survey data collection expertise includes:

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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HIV Rapid Testing in the Dental Care Setting.

Conducted on behalf of the University of Miami, this study assesses the relationship among dentists’ attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control beliefs, and their willingness to offer HIV rapid testing in the dental care system. More

Impact Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps K-3 Program. The limited number of previous evaluations on volunteer-only tutoring programs has shown variation in their effectiveness to improve children’s literacy proficiency. In 2014, NORC at the University of Chicago completed an evaluation of an AmeriCorps literacy intervention program, the Minnesota Reading Corps, which showed that volunteer AmeriCorps members can produce significantly greater increases in student literacy outcomes among Kindergarten, first and third grade students over one semester of tutoring. 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

Youth Villages Transitional Living Follow up Survey. ​MDRC selected NORC to carry out data collection in support of an evaluation of Youth Villages Transitional Living programs in Tennessee.  The study includes a survey of youth who are transitioning out of foster and other state care to determine whether participation in the Youth Villages Transitional Living program is associated with better outcomes on the path to adulthood than for youth who do not participate in the program.  Approximately 1200 eligible former foster youth were randomized into treatment or control groups for participation in the program and evaluation. These youth were contacted by NORC interviewers to participate in the survey, which took place 12 months after baseline, from October 2011 through December 2013.  With a final response rate of over 85% in both treatment and control groups, NORC surpassed expectations for locating and interviewing this hard-to-reach population. More

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Headlines

Sparks: The NORC Blog Catherine C. Haggerty: Efficiency Improvements in Multi-Mode Address Based Sample (ABS) Studies: Modeling Initial Mode Decisions More
Posted: 7.27.2015 11:46AM
Sparks: The NORC Blog Vicki Pineau: Presto-Chango in Telephony and Phone Surveys More
Posted: 10.23.2014 1:38PM
Sparks: The NORC Blog Martin Barron: What are the Odds? More
Posted: 10.9.2014 11:48AM
News The Huffington Post: Re-evaluating media metrics, with consideration from the General Social Survey More
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News The Washington Post: Trends in the Republican party, with dimension and details made possible in part by the GSS More
Posted: 8.28.2012 4:09PM

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