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 Second Chance Act Adult Demonstration Projects.

Funded by the National Institute of Justice, this project is designed to evaluate the Second Chance programs which were designed to facilitate the successful re-entry of prisoners to their communities and include strategies to reduce recidivism and subsequent criminal behavior, enhance employment and earnings, facilitate retraining, stabilize housing, and reduce the instance of substance abuse. More

Getting on Track Early for School Success: An Assessment System to Support Effective Instruction. Stephen W. Raudenbush and a team of co-investigators from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Education, Urban Education Institute, Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education, and NORC at the University of Chicago are developing objective, valid, and instructionally relevant tools for assessing the literacy and math skills of children of ages three and four.   More

Harvard Faculty Policy and Benefits Survey. NORC was awarded a subcontract from Frank Dobbin of Harvard University for a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded pilot study on the efficacy of faculty diversity policies and programs. By collecting data from universities about which policies and programs they have in place and when they were in place, and comparing this data to historical university employment data, Dr. Dobbin will examine the effects of various diversity policies and programs on the demographic composition of their faculties.  More

Methodological Research to Support the Redesign of the National Crime Victimization Survey: An Examination of a Twelve-Month Reference Period. For this project, NORC will address methods of improving event recall with the 6-month reference period for the telephone interview modes, and assesses respondent burden.  More

Namibia Community Based Rangeland and Livestock Management (CBRLM) Surveys. NORC is carrying out surveys during 2010-2014 to support the impact evaluation of the Community-Based Rangeland and Livestock Management (CBRLM) Sub-Activity for the  Millennium Challenge Corporation. More

See all Survey Data Collection projects

Headlines

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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

Contact

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