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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

Biodemography of Exceptional Longevity in the United States. This project proposes to investigate why some people manage to survive to extreme old age (100+ years) and what are the biological and social correlates of exceptional longevity. These are important issues not only for demographic forecasts of human mortality and population aging, and the policy implications on health-care and pension expenditures, but also for improving our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of human aging and longevity. The project proposes to explore the effects of early-life living conditions, adult physical characteristics, marriage, and reproductive history on exceptional longevity, and will test a number of related biomedical and social hypotheses.  The project is designed as an interdisciplinary study of exceptional human longevity. To contribute to the research infrastructure for subsequent longevity studies world-wide, a database with integrated, matched information on longevity predictor variables will be developed, and made available to the research community on the Internet. 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

Food Assistance During and After the Great Recession in Metropolitan Detroit. Food Assistance During and After the Great Recession in Metropolitan Detroit will use unique panel survey data from a representative sample of working-age adults in the Detroit Metropolitan Area to explore three research questions related to the receipt of SNAP among low-income households: How have low-income families in the Detroit Metropolitan Area bundled SNAP with other types of public assistance, help from charitable nonprofits, and informal social support in the wake of the Great Recession? When controlling for economic shocks and respondent characteristics, to what extent is access to local food assistance resources related to receipt of SNAP assistance? How are receipt of SNAP assistance and economic shocks related to household food shopping behaviors, food security, and financial hardship? More

From the Classroom to the Lab and Back: Instructional Strategies to Improve Children’s Early Math Skills. ​From the Classroom to the Lab and Back is a collaboration between researchers, practitioners and curriculum developers to develop, validate, and disseminate instructional strategies that advance the early math skills of 3 to 5 year old preschool children, particularly those from low-SES backgrounds. The collaboration is grounded in research demonstrating that early mathematics skills predict later achievement in mathematics. 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

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

Use of Technology to Support Head Start Practice. ​The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Planning Research and Evaluation (OPRE) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to review the knowledge base related to the use of technology to support the practice of early childhood practitioners who work directly with children and families. More

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Published Research "Use of Variables from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP): January 2007 – January 2015", Pudelek, K. M., Hanis-Martin, J., Kozloski, M., Howe, M. J. K., and Henning, S. A., 2017 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.23.2017 11:53AM
Published Research "Assessing Returns on Investments in Education Research: Prospects & Limitations of Using ‘Use’ as a Criterion for Judging Value", McDonald, S., 2017 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.23.2017 11:43AM
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

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

"Use of Variables from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP): January 2007 – January 2015", Pudelek, K. M., Hanis-Martin, J., Kozloski, M., Howe, M. J. K., and Henning, S. A., 2017 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.23.2017 11:53AM
"Assessing Returns on Investments in Education Research: Prospects & Limitations of Using ‘Use’ as a Criterion for Judging Value", McDonald, S., 2017 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.23.2017 11:43AM
"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

Job Postings

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

Contacts

Michael J. Reynolds

(773) 256-6073

Sara Henning

(773) 256-6319