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

2010 National Sample Frame. U.S. households are the primary unit for sample selection for many studies, but sample frames for households can be difficult and expensive to create. In order to provide a sample frame for use by many surveys, NORC has constructed the 2010 National Sample Frame, based on the 2010 Census information. This sample is representative of over 99% of U.S. households and provides a listing of almost 3 million households, including over 80,000 rural households. More

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

The Impact of the Economic Downturn on Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). ​​For the HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy, NORC is conducting a study to investigate the increasing role of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)as health care safety net providers during the current economic downturn. More

World Bank Baseline Survey for the Impact Evaluation of Mi Primer Empleo Youth Employment Program, Honduras. NORC carried out the baseline survey for an impact evaluation of the Mi Primer Empleo ("My First Job") Program in Honduras for the World Bank.  The program targets vulnerable youth to provide training and internships to alleviate unemployment. More

Youth Development Initiative (YDI) Outcomes Study. The YDI Youth Outcomes Study examines whether and how youth participation in YDI programs affects a variety of academic and social outcomes, and whether the model is worthy of replication in other low-income urban neighborhoods. 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

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