Departments and Centers

NORC’s diverse professional teams include the following research departments, academic research centers and core research departments:
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. More

Center for Excellence in Survey Research

The Center for Excellence in Survey Research (CESR) assists NORC in remaining a leader in methodological innovations in survey research. The Center conducts statistical and methodological research on sample and survey design and estimation methods.​ More

Economics, Justice, and Society

​The Economics, Justice, and Society department is home to many of NORC’s large-scale and longitudinal flagship surveys that investigate topics such as labor force participation, consumer finances, housing needs, and trends in Americans attitudes on social issues. More

Education and Child Development

NORC’s department of Education and Child Development Studies’ research covers the full array of education-relevant populations, from pre-school children to the post-graduate doctorate holders and includes wide-ranging research methodologies, including primary data collection and reporting, analysis of individual and aggregate assessments, transcript abstraction, and classroom observations. More

Health Care

NORC’s expertise and ongoing research in health care delivery and financing — including health information technology, payment and delivery-system reform, benefit design, and quality measurement — advances stakeholders’ understanding of policies and programs, facilitates implementation projects, and contributes to important improvements in cost and quality. More

Health Sciences

NORC’s Health Sciences staff produce rich data on social priorities including child development and healthy aging, the uses of electronic clinical data in research, and the applications and effectiveness of health information technology. More

Higher Education Analytics Center

The Higher Ed Analytics Center at NORC leverages this expertise to provide targeted data analysis that informs solutions for higher education institutions, associations, and government agencies. We approach all work with deep technical expertise, a spirit of collaboration, and a commitment to scientific integrity. Our services range from large-scale cross-sectional and longitudinal data collection and analyses through individualized consulting on discrete issues that can be addressed by data analytics. We also provide consultation on evaluation methods and data collection design.

International Programs

NORC’s International Programs (INPRO) department provides core expertise in rigorous impact evaluations, process and other implementation evaluations, analytic research, and surveys and other data collection methodologies. INPRO’s areas of subject matter expertise include agriculture, infrastructure, international finance, microfinance, housing finance/mortgage lending, think tank mentoring, business climate, land registration, and poverty alleviation. More


​As NORC’s innovation hub, NORC Labs collaborates with NORC’s research teams to create and launch cutting-edge data and analytics solutions, and guide the evolution of NORC’s existing services and offerings to meet the future needs of our clients.​​​​​​​ More

Public Health

NORC offers a range of capabilities in public health, including technical assistance, program evaluation, and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. Our team includes prominent health policy experts, nationally recognized public health researchers with general and specialized expertise in areas such as rural health and tribal issues, skilled methodologists, and leaders in the field of survey design and implementation. More

Statistics and Methodology

The Statistics and Methodology department pioneers innovations in all aspects of survey research.  NORC statisticians and methodologists help understand the cognitive processes underlying respondents’ reactions to surveys; design and implement rigorous, efficient methods for sampling from populations and weighting resultant survey data; and employ advanced techniques for analyzing and interpreting survey and secondary data. More

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research was created to join the expertise of NORC at the University of Chicago, one of the world’s premier independent research organizations, with the AP, which provides news seen every day over all media platforms and formats by more than half of the world’s population. More