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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 "Economic Voting in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election: Attribution of Responsibility as a Mediating Factor for Economic Perceptions.", Bautista, R., Morales, M. and Wolter, K.M., 2015 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.30.2015 9:39AM
Published Research "Web Survey Design and Administration.", Stern, M.J., 2015 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 6.18.2015 10:49AM
Published Research "Digital Inequalities and Why They Matter.", Robinson, L., Cotten, S.R., Ono, H., Quan-Haase, A., Mesch, G., Chen, W., Schulz, J., Hale, T.M. and Stern, M.J., 2015 More
Posted: 5.27.2015 11:00AM
Published Research "Noncoverage Adjustments in a Single-Frame Cell-Phone Survey: Weighting Approach to Adjust for Phoneless and Landline-Only Households.", Ganesh, N., Khare, M., Ormson, E.A., Zeng, W., Jeyarajah, J., Yankey, D., Zhao, Z. and Wolter, K.M, 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.15.2015 10:38AM
Published Research "An Evaluation of BLS Noise Research for the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.", Yang, Y.M., Mushtaq, A., Pramanik, S., Scheuren, F.J., Hiles, D., Buso, M. and Butani, S., 2011 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.12.2015 11:06AM
Published Research "Optimizing Call Strategies in RDD: Differential Nonresponse Bias and Costs in REACH 2010.", Murphy, W.E., O’Muircheartaigh, C.A., Emmons, C-A., Pedlow, S.E. and Harter, R.M., 2003 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.24.2015 1:29PM
Published Research "A Generalized Epsem Two-Phase Design for Domain Estimation.", Singh, A.C and Harter, R.M., 2011 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.21.2015 12:25PM
Published Research "Americans’ Views on Entitlement Reform and Health Care.", Wolter, K.M., Hansen, M., Campbell, A. and Ansolabehere, S., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.9.2015 12:20PM
Published Research "Americans’ Views on the Deficit.", Wolter, K.M., Hansen, M., Campbell, A. and Ansolabehere, S., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.9.2015 12:19PM
Published Research "National Survey of Early Care and Education: Summary Data Collection and Sampling Methodology.", National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team (authors: Bowman, M., Connelly, J., Datta, A.R., Venkataraman, L., Sjoblom, M.R., Brooks, M., Xia, K., Borton, J., Shin, H-C. and Wolter, K.M.)., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.17.2015 4:37PM
Published Research "Estimation in Multiple Frame Surveys: A Simplified and Unified Review Using the Multiplicity Approach.", Mecatti, F. and Singh, A.C., 2014 More
Posted: 2.9.2015 10:13AM
Published Research "Use of Zero Functions for Combining Information from Multiple Frames.", Singh, A.C. and Mecatti, F., 2014 More
Posted: 2.9.2015 10:09AM
Published Research "A Bayesian-Frequentist Integrated Approach to Small Area Estimation.", Singh, A.C., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:35PM
Published Research "An Evaluation of Three Disclosure Limitation Models.", Yang, Y.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 "Are Response Rates to Web-Only Surveys Spatially Clustered? Implications for Understanding Geographic Bias and Coverage in General Population Web Surveys.", Stern, M.J., English, E.M. and Fiorio, L., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.4.2014 10:54AM

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

"Economic Voting in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election: Attribution of Responsibility as a Mediating Factor for Economic Perceptions.", Bautista, R., Morales, M. and Wolter, K.M., 2015 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.30.2015 9:39AM
"Web Survey Design and Administration.", Stern, M.J., 2015 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 6.18.2015 10:49AM
"Digital Inequalities and Why They Matter.", Robinson, L., Cotten, S.R., Ono, H., Quan-Haase, A., Mesch, G., Chen, W., Schulz, J., Hale, T.M. and Stern, M.J., 2015 More
Posted: 5.27.2015 11:00AM
"Noncoverage Adjustments in a Single-Frame Cell-Phone Survey: Weighting Approach to Adjust for Phoneless and Landline-Only Households.", Ganesh, N., Khare, M., Ormson, E.A., Zeng, W., Jeyarajah, J., Yankey, D., Zhao, Z. and Wolter, K.M, 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.15.2015 10:38AM
"An Evaluation of BLS Noise Research for the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.", Yang, Y.M., Mushtaq, A., Pramanik, S., Scheuren, F.J., Hiles, D., Buso, M. and Butani, S., 2011 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.12.2015 11:06AM
"Optimizing Call Strategies in RDD: Differential Nonresponse Bias and Costs in REACH 2010.", Murphy, W.E., O’Muircheartaigh, C.A., Emmons, C-A., Pedlow, S.E. and Harter, R.M., 2003 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.24.2015 1:29PM
"A Generalized Epsem Two-Phase Design for Domain Estimation.", Singh, A.C and Harter, R.M., 2011 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.21.2015 12:25PM
"Americans’ Views on Entitlement Reform and Health Care.", Wolter, K.M., Hansen, M., Campbell, A. and Ansolabehere, S., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.9.2015 12:20PM
"Americans’ Views on the Deficit.", Wolter, K.M., Hansen, M., Campbell, A. and Ansolabehere, S., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.9.2015 12:19PM
"National Survey of Early Care and Education: Summary Data Collection and Sampling Methodology.", National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team (authors: Bowman, M., Connelly, J., Datta, A.R., Venkataraman, L., Sjoblom, M.R., Brooks, M., Xia, K., Borton, J., Shin, H-C. and Wolter, K.M.)., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.17.2015 4:37PM
"Estimation in Multiple Frame Surveys: A Simplified and Unified Review Using the Multiplicity Approach.", Mecatti, F. and Singh, A.C., 2014 More
Posted: 2.9.2015 10:13AM
"Use of Zero Functions for Combining Information from Multiple Frames.", Singh, A.C. and Mecatti, F., 2014 More
Posted: 2.9.2015 10:09AM
"A Bayesian-Frequentist Integrated Approach to Small Area Estimation.", Singh, A.C., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:35PM
"An Evaluation of Three Disclosure Limitation Models.", Yang, Y.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
"Are Response Rates to Web-Only Surveys Spatially Clustered? Implications for Understanding Geographic Bias and Coverage in General Population Web Surveys.", Stern, M.J., English, E.M. and Fiorio, L., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.4.2014 10:54AM

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