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Security, Energy, and Environment

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

  • Security
    • Community Resilience
    • Critical Infrastructural Risk Analysis
    • Cybersecurity
    • Emergency Management & First Response
    • Terrorism Perception & Momentum
  • Energy
    • Alternative Energy Policy
    • Energy Consumption
    • Energy Efficiency
  • Environment
    • Climate Change
    • Ecosystem Vitality
    • Environmental Health
    • Land Management & Administration
    • Toxic Substances
    • The Arctic
  • Behavioral Adaptation
  • Transportation Mode Choice

Major Capabilities

  • 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 

Key Capabilities

  • Conceptualization of the research objectives and process
  • Evaluation research and performance measurement


Representative Projects

Argonne National Laboratory Impact Evaluation. In collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory senior leadership, SEE is objectively evaluating the impact of Argonne’s scientific and technological research for multiple stakeholders within and beyond the Chicago area. More

Development and Evaluation of the Hurricane Recovery Program Community Resilience Pilot. The ability of a community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a natural disaster is a critical piece of resilience. Within these frameworks, increasing priority is being placed on community-based approaches to resilience, where the strength of networks and their sustainability plays a major role in the community’s overall resilience. More

EIA-878 Motor Gasoline Price Survey and the EIA-888 On-Highway Diesel Fuel Price Survey. NORC was selected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) along with its teaming partner Z, INC. to provide data collection for two weekly surveys, EIA-878 “Motor Gasoline Price Survey” and EIA-888 “On-Highway Diesel Fuel Price Survey.” More

Lead in Soil Immobilization Pilot. The Security, Energy, and Environment (SEE) department is subcontracting with Carnow, Conibear, and Associates (CCA) on a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The project objective is to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in children by developing an inexpensive, commercially viable treatment which permanently reduces soluable (bioavailable) lead levels in soil.  More

Residential Energy Consumption Survey. The RECS Household Survey is a U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, research program that collects information from households regarding uses of energy, behaviors and housing characteristics that affect present and long-term uses of energy, and the size of household energy bills. More

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