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.  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

Development and Evaluation of the Hurricane Recovery Program Community Resilience Pilot. The ability of a community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a natural disaster is a critical piece of resilience. Within these frameworks, increasing priority is being placed on community-based approaches to resilience, where the strength of networks and their sustainability plays a major role in the community’s overall resilience. 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

Healthy Communities Access Program (HCAP) Community Coalitions. One of the largest federal investments to strengthen local safety nets through community coalitions was the Community Access Program (CAP) and its successor, the Healthy Communities Access Program (HCAP). More

Interim and Final Report to Congress on the Community First Choice Option. NORC, along with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), has been awarded a contract from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to evaluate and draft the Interim and Final Reports to Congress on the Community First Choice (CFC) Option. The CFC Option, established under the Affordable Care Act, is a Medicaid State Plan option providing home- and community-based attendant services and supports to individuals requiring significant medical assistance. NORC will assist the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with Interim and Final Reports to Congress, which will reflect the findings of the evaluation.  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 The Huffington Post: Re-evaluating media metrics, with consideration from the General Social Survey More
Posted: 9.26.2012 4:00PM
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
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 The Guardian: American arms data discussed, with the General Social Survey More
Posted: 8.1.2012 4:28PM

Contact

Jeffrey Hackett

(312) 759-4266