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Academic Research Centers

The Academic Research Centers (ARC) is a community of researchers and programs covering a variety of substantive domains and exemplifying NORC’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation. The ARC brings substantive expertise and collaborative infrastructure to theoretically driven and multimodal research. The ARC collaborates with multi-disciplinary research from the University of Chicago and other research institutions by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data; providing methodological and statistical expertise; and facilitating pre- and post-award management. ARC’s research staff works jointly with social scientists, physicians, and other experts in an open, cooperative working environment.

As part of a learning culture, intergenerational project teams enrich learning, scholarship, and discovery. In particular, graduate research assistants at NORC have the tremendous opportunity to apply what they have learned in practical settings. As the next generation of social scientists, they work with experts in various fields and disciplines to conduct world-class empirical research, and NORC benefits from their fresh perspectives, energy, and insights.

Learn more about the work of the Academic Research Centers:

Aging Action Research Center
Center for Advancing Research and Communication in STEM
Center for the Study of Politics and Society
Early Childhood Research and Practice Collaborative
Ogburn-Stouffer Center for the Study of Social Organizations
Population Research Center


Representative Projects

Chicago African-American Network Health Study. ​The Chicago African-American Network Health Study (CAANHS) also known as uConnect is a NIDA funded study of the effect of social network dynamics on HIV risk of young (16-29 year old) Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) from the Southside of Chicago, carried out in partnership with researchers at the University of Chicago.  YBMSM have the highest rate of new HIV infection of any single demographic group in the U.S. in spite of similar or even lower levels of individual risk than White MSM.  CAANHS used Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS), a network based rigorous chain referral sampling methodology for sampling hard to reach populations, to recruit the largest single site sample of YBMSM to date. More

Cultural Infrastructure in the United States. The Cultural Policy Center's largest continuing project is the research funded by the Kresge, Mellon, and MacArthur foundations on "Cultural Infrastructure in the United States," a national study of the organizational decisions behind, implementation strategies for, and consequences of the building boom in museums, theaters, and performing arts centers in the U.S. between 1994 and 2008. It is the first comprehensive analysis of cultural building in the United States to be carried out at this scale and depth. More

Enhancing the Rigor of Evidence on Gendered Differences in STEM Persistence. This National Science Foundation-funded study is designed to explore how the background characteristics and subjective experiences of computer science students at two Research I institutions in the Midwest interact to determine their interest and persistence in pursuing a career in these fields. Given observed patterns of female attrition away from STEM careers, particularly those in the “hard” sciences, NORC is interested in exploring factors that may differentially impact women who have declared interest in pursuing a computer science major. In particular, the study seeks to identify modifiable factors that distinguish between women who persist from those that do not, factors that may serve as targets in designing interventions that sustain young women’s interest in science and technology careers. 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

HighScope Perry Preschool Study. Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the HighScope Perry Preschool Study (HPPS) is designed to teach us about the lasting effects of early childhood interventions, such as preschool programs.  The original Perry Preschool Program targeted a disadvantaged African American population in the 1960s. Evaluated initially by a clinical trial of preschool age children, participants were then followed periodically through age 40. Results from this longitudinal survey show strong evidence for the benefits of children in the treatment group in the areas of improved school readiness, higher female graduation rates, higher employment rates and earnings, reduced involvement in crime, and high economic return on investment. More

How Americans Navigate the Modern Information Environment. ​The nationally representative survey, funded by NORC, was conducted from January 14 through January 31, 2016. Data were collected using the AmeriSpeak Panel®, which is NORC’s probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. household population. Panel members were randomly drawn from the AmeriSpeak Panel, and 1,007 completed the survey. Respondents without internet access and those who prefer to complete surveys by phone were interviewed by trained NORC interviewers.  More

Integrated Research in Health and Aging: Early Results from the National Social Life Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) Wave 2. NORC's Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging was awarded a grant from National Institute of Health's (NIH) National Institute on Aging (NIA) to host a two day conference that will emphasize formal and informal discussion on innovative uses of the National Social Life Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) Wave 2 data. More

Men’s Assessment of Social Support and Risk Networks. The goal of the Men’s Assessment of Social Support and Risk Networks was to pilot test recruitment procedures and questionnaires to assess the influence of social networks and norms and beliefs of a racially and ethnically diverse sample of men who have sex with men (MSM) on their sex and sex-drug risk and risk reduction practices.   More

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

Teaching Artists Research Project (TARP). There have been remarkable advances in arts education, both in and out of schools, over the last fifteen years, despite a challenging policy environment. Teaching artists, the hybrid professionals that link the arts to education and community life, are the creative resource behind much of this innovation.Teaching Artists Research Project (TARP) deepens our understanding of world of teaching artists through studies in twelve communities, and it will inform policy designed to make their work sustainable, more effective, and more meaningful.​ More

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Published Research "Transitions in Loneliness among Older Adults: A 5-Year Follow-Up in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.", Hawkley, L.C. and Kocherginsky, M., 2017 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 3.24.2017 10:03AM
Published Research "Surveys as Social Interactions.", Bradburn, N.M., 2016 More
Posted: 3.14.2017 11:02AM
Published Research "Body-Worn Cameras and Citizen Interactions with Police Officers: Estimating Plausible Effects Given Varying Compliance Levels.", Hedberg, E.C., Katz, C.M. and Choate, D.E., 2017 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 2.7.2017 11:21AM
Published Research "Criminal Justice Involvement History Is Associated with Better HIV Care Continuum Metrics among a Population-Based Sample of Young Black MSM.", Schneider, J.A., Kozloski, M., Michaels, S., Skaathun, B., Voisin, D., Lancki, N., Morgan, E., Khanna, A., Green, K., Coombs, R.W., Friedman, S.R., Laumann, E.O., and Schumm, P.; uConnect and BARS Study Teams., 2017 More
Posted: 1.18.2017 9:11AM
Published Research "Factors Associated with Inaccurate Self-Reporting of Olfactory Dysfunction in Older U.S. Adults.", Adams, D.R., Wroblewski, K.E., Kern, D.W., Kozloski, M.J., Dale, W., McClintock, M.K. and Pinto, J.M., 2017 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 1.6.2017 1:25PM
News Policy Mic: Senior Fellow Norman Bradburn discusses NORC's 75th anniversary study and how Americans seek out information in an election year More
Posted: 10.14.2016 4:08PM
News The Huffington Post: NORC President Dan Gaylin discusses how Americans consume information, make decisions, and take action More
Posted: 10.4.2016 6:48AM
News FiveThirtyEight: Norman Bradburn discusses NORC's 75th Anniversary Study, and how Americans seek out and process information More
Posted: 10.4.2016 6:43AM
Press Release New Survey Finds Most Americans Feel Better Informed But Often Rely On Their Instincts To Navigate Frequently Overwhelming Information Environment More
Posted: 10.4.2016 5:52AM
News NPR The Diane Rehm Show: Discussing and rating child care in the U.S. with GSS findings More
Posted: 10.3.2016 4:44PM
Published Research "Gang Truce for Violence Prevention, El Salvador.", Katz, C.M., Hedberg, E.C. and Amaya, L.E., 2016 More
Posted: 9.29.2016 10:31AM
Published Research "Marijuana Use among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and the HIV Care Continuum: Findings from the uConnect Cohort.", Morgan, E., Khanna, A.S., Skaathun, B., Michaels, S., Young, L., Duvoisin, R., Chang, M., Voisin, D., Cornwell, B., Coombs, R.W., Friedman, S.R. and Schneider, J.A., 2016 More
Posted: 9.7.2016 9:28AM
Published Research "Empirical Redefinition of Comprehensive Health and Well-Being in the Older Adults of the United States.", McClintock, M.K., Dale, W., Laumann, E.O. and Waite, L.J., 2016 More
Posted: 7.13.2016 11:03AM
Job Posting Survey Director - AmeriSpeak More
Posted: 7.8.2016 2:32PM
Published Research "Racial Differences in the Effects of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Residential Mobility in Later Life.", Riley, A., Hawkley, L.C. and Cagney, K.A., 2016 More
Posted: 6.27.2016 10:59AM

News

News Senior Fellow Norman Bradburn discusses NORC's 75th anniversary study and how Americans seek out information in an election year More
Posted: 10.14.2016 4:08PM
News NORC President Dan Gaylin discusses how Americans consume information, make decisions, and take action More
Posted: 10.4.2016 6:48AM
News Norman Bradburn discusses NORC's 75th Anniversary Study, and how Americans seek out and process information More
Posted: 10.4.2016 6:43AM
Press Release New Survey Finds Most Americans Feel Better Informed But Often Rely On Their Instincts To Navigate Frequently Overwhelming Information Environment More
Posted: 10.4.2016 5:52AM
News Discussing and rating child care in the U.S. with GSS findings More
Posted: 10.3.2016 4:44PM
News General Social Survey data gives perspective on racial attitudes in America More
Posted: 6.3.2016 8:30AM
News Senior Fellow Colm O’Muircheartaigh discusses modern surveying More
Posted: 6.3.2016 8:26AM
News Senior Fellow Linda Waite discusses sleep issues affecting older adults, and NSHAP research More
Posted: 10.14.2014 4:46PM
News A happier, healthier life, with insight from NORC's Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 7.30.2012 4:37PM
News Life, longevity and being born in the Fall, with input from NORC's Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 7.27.2012 3:30PM
News How to hit 100, with findings from NORC's own Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 7.17.2012 7:54PM
News "Do You Have What it Takes to Live to 100?" with NORC's Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 5.11.2012 4:35PM
News NORC Senior Fellow Norman Bradburn provides insight into the American Community Survey More
Posted: 4.5.2012 11:31AM
News "Predicting number of very old is confounding" with research from Biodemography of Exceptional Longevity in the United States More
Posted: 3.15.2012 4:19PM
News NORC's Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov ask if mortality can actually increase after 80 More
Posted: 3.5.2012 4:28PM

Events

Publications

"Transitions in Loneliness among Older Adults: A 5-Year Follow-Up in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.", Hawkley, L.C. and Kocherginsky, M., 2017 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 3.24.2017 10:03AM
"Surveys as Social Interactions.", Bradburn, N.M., 2016 More
Posted: 3.14.2017 11:02AM
"Body-Worn Cameras and Citizen Interactions with Police Officers: Estimating Plausible Effects Given Varying Compliance Levels.", Hedberg, E.C., Katz, C.M. and Choate, D.E., 2017 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 2.7.2017 11:21AM
"Criminal Justice Involvement History Is Associated with Better HIV Care Continuum Metrics among a Population-Based Sample of Young Black MSM.", Schneider, J.A., Kozloski, M., Michaels, S., Skaathun, B., Voisin, D., Lancki, N., Morgan, E., Khanna, A., Green, K., Coombs, R.W., Friedman, S.R., Laumann, E.O., and Schumm, P.; uConnect and BARS Study Teams., 2017 More
Posted: 1.18.2017 9:11AM
"Factors Associated with Inaccurate Self-Reporting of Olfactory Dysfunction in Older U.S. Adults.", Adams, D.R., Wroblewski, K.E., Kern, D.W., Kozloski, M.J., Dale, W., McClintock, M.K. and Pinto, J.M., 2017 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 1.6.2017 1:25PM
"Gang Truce for Violence Prevention, El Salvador.", Katz, C.M., Hedberg, E.C. and Amaya, L.E., 2016 More
Posted: 9.29.2016 10:31AM
"Marijuana Use among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and the HIV Care Continuum: Findings from the uConnect Cohort.", Morgan, E., Khanna, A.S., Skaathun, B., Michaels, S., Young, L., Duvoisin, R., Chang, M., Voisin, D., Cornwell, B., Coombs, R.W., Friedman, S.R. and Schneider, J.A., 2016 More
Posted: 9.7.2016 9:28AM
"Empirical Redefinition of Comprehensive Health and Well-Being in the Older Adults of the United States.", McClintock, M.K., Dale, W., Laumann, E.O. and Waite, L.J., 2016 More
Posted: 7.13.2016 11:03AM
"Racial Differences in the Effects of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Residential Mobility in Later Life.", Riley, A., Hawkley, L.C. and Cagney, K.A., 2016 More
Posted: 6.27.2016 10:59AM
"Wrist Accelerometry in the Health, Functional, and Social Assessment of Older Adults.", Huisingh-Scheetz, M., Kocherginsky, M., Dugas, L., Payne, C., Dale, W., Conroy, D.E. and Waite L.J., 2016 More
Posted: 5.17.2016 11:23AM
"Age Differences in Loneliness from Late Adolescence to Oldest Old Age.", Luhmann, M. and Hawkley, L.C., 2016 More
Posted: 5.12.2016 10:06AM
"Loneliness in Older Adults in the USA and Germany: Measurement Invariance and Validation.", Hawkley, L.C., Duvoisin, R., Ackva, J., Murdock J.C., and Luhmann, M., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.15.2016 11:59AM
"Sexual Minority Health and Health Risk Factors: Intersection Effects of Gender, Race, and Sexual Identity.", Hsieh, N. and Ruther, M., 2016 More
Posted: 2.2.2016 12:30PM
"Norman M. Bradburn: A Pioneer in Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research.", Bradburn, N.M., 2016 More
Posted: 1.29.2016 9:22AM
"Project ASPIRE: Spoken Language Intervention Curriculum for Parents of Low-Socioeconomic Status and Their Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children.", Suskind, D.L., Graf, E., Leffel, K.R., Hernandez, M.W., Suskind, E., Webber, R., Tannenbaum, S. and Nevins, M.E., 2016 More
Posted: 1.20.2016 9:40AM

Job Postings

Survey Director - AmeriSpeak More
Posted: 7.8.2016 2:32PM

Contacts

Michael J. Reynolds

(773) 256-6073

Sara Henning

(773) 256-6319