Issues in the security, energy, and environment domains are often mutually dependent, creating complex, multi-faceted challenges for our society. Attempting to isolate these challenges – such as climate change, fossil fuel depletion, deforestation, or infrastructure vulnerabilities – to a single context or method only further highlights the need for interdisciplinary approaches in these domains.
Committed to this integrative philosophy, NORC’s Security, Energy, and Environment (SEE) department provides crucial services that address the most pressing problems in these domains, including:
- Independent Research that provides data to people who make key decisions
- Objective Analysis to inform public policy and drive behavioral change
- Facilitation of innovative ideas
- Thought Leadership to bring new and original ideas to projects and the fields in which we work
SEE draws upon NORC’s core strengths in data collection, analysis, and dissemination, as well as policy analysis, program support, and evaluation. In providing these services, we inform the work of governmental and nonprofit groups, helping to shape policy formulation and implementation, while fostering behavioral change necessary for programs to succeed.
Recent efforts include collaboration on green building practices as a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Consultative Council and behavioral research on terrorist activity as a partner with the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).
The work of SEE is also informed by two key initiatives: First Responder Individual Engagement and Network Development (FRIEND); and the Security, Energy, and Environment Working Group (SEEWG). These collaborations, which SEE launched and continues to support, bring together individuals and public and private organizations to address issues of security, energy, and the environment, such as transportation, food safety, climate change, and energy delivery and consumption.
Our team is committed to delivering objective, data-driven insights for informed decision making.
Areas of Expertise
- Community Resilience
- Critical Infrastructural Risk Analysis
- Emergency Management & First Response
- Terrorism Perception & Momentum
- Alternative Energy Policy
- Energy Consumption
- Energy Efficiency
- Climate Change
- Ecosystem Vitality
- Environmental Health
- Land Management & Administration
- Toxic Substances
- The Arctic
- Behavioral Adaptation
- Transportation Mode Choice
- Statistical design and analysis
- Study design and methodology
- Data collection
- Evaluation and performance measurement
- Program monitoring
- Policy analysis and recommendations
- Qualitative methods
- Dissemination and knowledge management
- Biomarker and environmental data collection
- Conceptualization of the research objectives and process
- Evaluation research and performance measurement