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Center for Excellence in Survey Research

​Communication and technological advances have many and diverse implications for research design.  Budget concerns also impact the design of studies and the method of sampling and estimation employed in various studies.  In the evolving landscape of social science research, NORC continues to offer its clients outstanding staff and innovative methods in statistical and survey research.  The Center for Excellence in Survey Research (CESR) assists NORC in remaining a leader in methodological innovations in survey research.

CESR helps identify and share best practices—both internally and externally—across the continuum of research design and implementation at NORC. To accomplish its mission, the Center conducts timely, state-of-the-art statistical and methodological research on sample and survey design and estimation methods, as well as the analysis of data from surveys and information collection activities. CESR encourages internal innovation and best-practices through an annual, internal grant competition. External clients benefit from CESR’s team members’ expertise across a range of topics by working directly with CESR or through a multidisciplinary collaboration with NORC’s research departments.

The staff of CESR is comprised of NORC Senior Fellows; each one demonstrates outstanding skills and expertise in their field.  CESR Senior Fellows blend significant experience in subject matter areas, such as crime, child care, and income statistics, with research background  in many areas of statistical and survey research methods, such as sample design, estimation, imputation, and microdata disclosure-avoidance methods.

Areas of Expertise

  • Education
  • Child Care
  • Crime Statistics

Major Capabilities 

  • Statistics and Sampling
    • Sample Design
    • Weight Development
    • Variance Estimation
    • Nonresponse Bias Analysis
    • Nonresponse Adjustment Methods
    • Imputation Procedures
    • Statistical Data Analysis
    • Statistical Software Packages
    • Estimation, including small area estimation
    • Methods Research
  • Study Design and Survey Methodology
  • Dissemination and Knowledge Management
    • Disclosure Analysis

Representative Projects

2012 NORC Presidential Election Study. The 2012 NORC Presidential Election Study was conducted in the weeks prior to the Presidential election to measure public opinion about important issues the country faces – economic recovery, health care costs, and extreme partisanship. More

Privacy-Protected Method for Collecting Data on Immigration Status Through In-Person Surveys. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and led by Fritz J. Scheuren, this project studies and tests a method—developed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office in 2006—that asks sensitive questions about immigration status  and  protects respondent anonymity, reduces question threat,  provides direct estimates of the foreign–born in all legal immigration statuses, and indirect estimates of undocumented residents. More

Statistical Efforts in Support of the Office of Historical Trust Accounting.

NORC played a major role in the settlement of the Cobell lawsuit that alleged mismanagement of Individual Indian Money trust accounts and now provides statistical expertise to the Office of Historical Trust Accounting as they examine Tribal Trust accounts. More

Headlines

All News

Published Research "An Evaluation of Three Disclosure Limitation Models.", Yang, M., Buso, M., Butani, S., Hiles, D., Mushtaq, A., Pramanik, S. and Scheuren, F.J., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.8.2014 9:13AM
Published Research "How Representative Are Google Consumer Surveys?: Results from an Analysis of Google Consumer Survey Questions Relative to National Level Benchmarks with Different Survey Modes and Sample Characteristics.", Tanenbaum, E.R., Krishnamurty, P. and Stern, M.J., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.4.2014 9:10AM
Published Research "NSHAP's Wave II Non-Response Weight Adjustment with Some Responses from Wave I Non-Respondents.", Pedlow, S.E., O'Muircheartaigh, C.A. and Schumm, P., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.4.2014 9:03AM
Published Research "Query-Based PUFs for Disclosure-Safe Remote Analysis from Medicare Claims Micro Data.", Singh, A.C., Borton, J.M., Davern, M.E. and Lin, Y., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.3.2014 4:34PM
Published Research "Aggregate-Level PUF with High Data Confidentiality and Utility for General Purpose Analyses from Medicare Claims Data.", Singh, A.C., Borton, J.M., Erdem, E. and Lin, Y., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.3.2014 4:32PM
Published Research "Data Entrepreneurs’ Synthetic PUF: A Working PUF as an Alternative to Traditional Synthetic and Non-Synthetic PUFs.", Borton, J.M., Yu, A.T-C., Crego, A.M., Singh, A.C., Davern, M.E. and Hair, E.C., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.3.2014 4:28PM
Published Research "Estimation for Cells Suppressed in Tabulation with Application to Output Disclosure Treatment of the NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates.", Singh, A.C., Borton, J.M., Cohen, S.H., Welch, V.E., Groenhout, B. and Lin, Y., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.3.2014 4:25PM
Published Research "Improved Sampling Weight Calibration by Generalized Raking with Optimal Unbiased Modification.", Singh, A.C., Ganesh, N. and Lin, Y., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.3.2014 4:22PM
Published Research "Sample Design, Sample Augmentation, and Estimation for Wave 2 of the NSHAP.", O'Muircheartaigh, C.A., English, E.M., Pedlow, S.E. and Kwok, P.K., 2014 More
Posted: 11.5.2014 10:28AM
Published Research "Patterns of Online Health Searching 2002-2010: Implications for Social Capital, Health Disparities and the De-Professionalization of Medical Knowledge.", Hale, T.M., Goldner, M., Stern, M.J., Drentea, P. and Cotten, S.R., 2014 More
Posted: 9.24.2014 9:49AM
Published Research "Hard-to-Survey Populations.", Tourangeau, R., Edwards, B., Johnson, T.P., Wolter, K.M. and Bates, N. (eds)., 2014 More
Posted: 9.17.2014 9:28AM
Published Research "Use of Paid Media to Encourage 2010 Census Participation among the Hard to Count.", Evans, W.D., Datta, A.R. and Yan, T., 2014 More
Posted: 9.17.2014 9:25AM
Published Research "The State of Survey Methodology: Challenges, Dilemmas, and New Frontiers in the Era of the Tailored Design.", Stern, M.J., Bilgen, I. and Dillman, D.A., 2014 More
Posted: 8.1.2014 9:33AM
Published Research "Census 2000 Evaluation: Partnership and Marketing Program Evaluation.", Wolter, K.M., Calder, B., Malthouse, E., Murphy, S., Pedlow, S.E. and Porras, J., 2002 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.10.2014 10:19AM
Published Research "Social Media in Public Opinion Research: Report of the AAPOR Task Force on Emerging Technologies in Public Opinion Research.", Murphy, J., Link, M.W., Childs, J.H., Tesfaye, C.L., Dean, E., Stern, M.J., Pasek, J., Cohen, J., Callegaro, M., Harwood, P., 2014 More
Posted: 6.2.2014 10:20AM

News

News Looking at belief in God, with data and commentary from NORC expert Tom W. Smith More
Posted: 4.18.2012 2:45PM
News Finances, and how to be mature about them with help from NLSY and NORC Senior Fellow A. Rupa Datta More
Posted: 3.22.2012 3:19PM
News Valentine's Day: or, how I learned to be a more attentive husband with help from the GSS and NLSY More
Posted: 2.3.2012 3:45PM
News Start-up business alternatives, with research and data from the Survey of Consumer Finance More
Posted: 2.1.2012 3:21PM
News The link between social conservatism and IQ, with data and research from the GSS More
Posted: 1.30.2012 4:55PM
News "A statistical analysis of attitudes in the US reveals the main determinants of happiness ", with data from the GSS More
Posted: 1.3.2012 2:07PM
News "The Anti-Entitlement Strategy", featuring research and findings from the GSS. More
Posted: 12.27.2011 3:03PM
News Considering Mitt Romney's presidential plans, with data from the GSS More
Posted: 12.27.2011 2:34PM
News Roth IRAs versus retirement accounts, with data support from NLSY 1979 More
Posted: 12.22.2011 3:13PM
News Recent NLSY findings suggest that pediatricians could help children stay out of trouble More
Posted: 12.21.2011 4:19PM
News Reflections on the modern job market, with insight from the General Social Survey More
Posted: 12.21.2011 3:44PM
News "Are architects depressed, unhealthy and divorced?" featuring research from the GSS More
Posted: 12.15.2011 12:04PM
News "Who Counts as ‘Rich’? Continued" with data from the GSS More
Posted: 12.14.2011 4:05PM
News "The Five Secrets of Happily Married Parents" with data from NLSY and the GSS More
Posted: 12.13.2011 4:24PM
News Looking into shifting attitudes towards gun ownership, with data and findings from the GSS More
Posted: 12.12.2011 4:36PM

Events

Publications

"An Evaluation of Three Disclosure Limitation Models.", Yang, M., Buso, M., Butani, S., Hiles, D., Mushtaq, A., Pramanik, S. and Scheuren, F.J., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.8.2014 9:13AM
"How Representative Are Google Consumer Surveys?: Results from an Analysis of Google Consumer Survey Questions Relative to National Level Benchmarks with Different Survey Modes and Sample Characteristics.", Tanenbaum, E.R., Krishnamurty, P. and Stern, M.J., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.4.2014 9:10AM
"NSHAP's Wave II Non-Response Weight Adjustment with Some Responses from Wave I Non-Respondents.", Pedlow, S.E., O'Muircheartaigh, C.A. and Schumm, P., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.4.2014 9:03AM
"Query-Based PUFs for Disclosure-Safe Remote Analysis from Medicare Claims Micro Data.", Singh, A.C., Borton, J.M., Davern, M.E. and Lin, Y., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.3.2014 4:34PM
"Aggregate-Level PUF with High Data Confidentiality and Utility for General Purpose Analyses from Medicare Claims Data.", Singh, A.C., Borton, J.M., Erdem, E. and Lin, Y., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.3.2014 4:32PM
"Data Entrepreneurs’ Synthetic PUF: A Working PUF as an Alternative to Traditional Synthetic and Non-Synthetic PUFs.", Borton, J.M., Yu, A.T-C., Crego, A.M., Singh, A.C., Davern, M.E. and Hair, E.C., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.3.2014 4:28PM
"Estimation for Cells Suppressed in Tabulation with Application to Output Disclosure Treatment of the NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates.", Singh, A.C., Borton, J.M., Cohen, S.H., Welch, V.E., Groenhout, B. and Lin, Y., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.3.2014 4:25PM
"Improved Sampling Weight Calibration by Generalized Raking with Optimal Unbiased Modification.", Singh, A.C., Ganesh, N. and Lin, Y., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.3.2014 4:22PM
"Sample Design, Sample Augmentation, and Estimation for Wave 2 of the NSHAP.", O'Muircheartaigh, C.A., English, E.M., Pedlow, S.E. and Kwok, P.K., 2014 More
Posted: 11.5.2014 10:28AM
"Patterns of Online Health Searching 2002-2010: Implications for Social Capital, Health Disparities and the De-Professionalization of Medical Knowledge.", Hale, T.M., Goldner, M., Stern, M.J., Drentea, P. and Cotten, S.R., 2014 More
Posted: 9.24.2014 9:49AM
"Hard-to-Survey Populations.", Tourangeau, R., Edwards, B., Johnson, T.P., Wolter, K.M. and Bates, N. (eds)., 2014 More
Posted: 9.17.2014 9:28AM
"Use of Paid Media to Encourage 2010 Census Participation among the Hard to Count.", Evans, W.D., Datta, A.R. and Yan, T., 2014 More
Posted: 9.17.2014 9:25AM
"The State of Survey Methodology: Challenges, Dilemmas, and New Frontiers in the Era of the Tailored Design.", Stern, M.J., Bilgen, I. and Dillman, D.A., 2014 More
Posted: 8.1.2014 9:33AM
"Census 2000 Evaluation: Partnership and Marketing Program Evaluation.", Wolter, K.M., Calder, B., Malthouse, E., Murphy, S., Pedlow, S.E. and Porras, J., 2002 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.10.2014 10:19AM
"Social Media in Public Opinion Research: Report of the AAPOR Task Force on Emerging Technologies in Public Opinion Research.", Murphy, J., Link, M.W., Childs, J.H., Tesfaye, C.L., Dean, E., Stern, M.J., Pasek, J., Cohen, J., Callegaro, M., Harwood, P., 2014 More
Posted: 6.2.2014 10:20AM

Job Postings

Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM

Contacts

Kirk M. Wolter

Senior Staff

Kirk M. Wolter

Kirk M. Wolter
Chief Statistician and Executive Vice President of Statistics and Methodology

A. Rupa Datta

A. Rupa Datta
Vice President and Senior Fellow

Colm O'Muircheartaeigh

Colm O'Muircheartaigh
Senior Fellow and Co-Principal Investigator

Fritz Scheuren

Fritz Scheuren
Senior Fellow and Vice President