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Statistics and Methodology

Decision makers need reliable objective data and analysis to inform policy and allocate resources.  In a time where modes of communications continue to evolve at rapid rates and reaching and engaging respondents remains challenging, the NORC Statistics and Methodology department plays a critical role in designing and implementing successful surveys and analyzing the resulting data.

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.  The department collaborates with all NORC research departments and the Academic Research Centers, as well as conducts research in its own field.

The Center for Excellence in Survey Research is a related program that also helps insure the statistical integrity of the work performed at NORC.

Representative Projects

2010 National Sample Frame. U.S. households are the primary unit for sample selection for many studies, but sample frames for households can be difficult and expensive to create. In order to provide a sample frame for use by many surveys, NORC has constructed the 2010 National Sample Frame, based on the 2010 Census information. This sample is representative of over 99% of U.S. households and provides a listing of almost 3 million households, including over 80,000 rural households. More

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

2016 NORC Survey on Perception of Homeowner’s and Renter’s Insurance in the State of Louisiana. ​NORC at the University of Chicago, with funding from State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, conducted a nationally representative household survey of registered voters in Louisiana. More

Census PVS Assessment. As part of the Person Identification Validation System Assessment engagement with the Census Bureau, NORC has conducted a review of the Census Bureau’s record linkage methods associated with the PVS, as well as an environmental scan of record linkage methods used by other government agencies—both within and outside of the U.S.—and private enterprises.  More

Social and Economics Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts. The University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences (SPHHS) has been engaged by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) to carry out a comprehensive, multi-year research project, believed to be the first of its kind, on the economic and social impacts of introducing casino gambling in Massachusetts.  More

Headlines

All News

Published Research "Implementation of Telemedicine Consultation to Assess Unplanned Transfers in Rural Long-Term Care Facilities, 2012-2015: A Pilot Study.", Hofmeyer, J., Leider, J.P., Satorius, J., Tanenbaum, E.R., Basel, D. and Knudson, A.D., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 8.15.2016 10:29AM
Published Research "The Effects of Grids on Web Surveys Completed with Mobile Devices.", Stern, M.J., Sterret, D. and Bilgen, I., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 7.20.2016 10:51AM
Published Research "Optimum Allocation for a Dual-Frame Telephone Survey.", Wolter, K.M., Tao, X., Montgomery, R.H. and Smith, P.J., 2015 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.15.2016 1:14PM
Published Research "A Two-Component Normal Mixture Alternative to the Fay-Herriot Model.", Chakraborty, A., Datta, G.S. and Mandal, A., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.14.2016 10:14AM
Published Research "Households’ Geographic Access to Center-Based Early Care and Education: Estimates and Methodology from the National Survey of Early Care and Education.", National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.20.2016 1:53PM
Published Research "Counties Eliminating Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Mortality.", Rust, G., Zhang, S., Yu, Z., Caplan, L., Jain, S., Ayer, T., McRoy, L. and Levine, R.S., 2016 More
Posted: 4.13.2016 9:40AM
Published Research "Unit Nonresponse in a Presidential Election Day Survey: An Initial Multilevel Exploration Using Fully Conditioned Imputed Data.", Bautista, R., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.15.2016 12:12PM
Published Research "Poll.", Bautista, R., 2008 More
Posted: 1.27.2016 3:35PM
Published Research "Rolling Averages.", Bautista, R., 2008 More
Posted: 1.27.2016 3:34PM
Published Research "Trend Analysis.", Bautista, R., 2008 More
Posted: 1.27.2016 3:33PM
Published Research "A Historical Look at Exit Polls from a Mexican Perspective.", Bautista, R., Morales, M.A., Abundis, F. and Callegaro, M., 2008 More
Posted: 1.27.2016 3:32PM
Published Research "A Mexican Case Study.", Bautista, R., Callegaro, M., Vera, J.A. and Abundis, F., 2008 More
Posted: 1.27.2016 3:32PM
Published Research "Using Auxiliary Sample Frame Information for Optimum Sampling of Rare Populations.", Barron, M.L., Davern, M.E., Montgomery, R.H., Tao, X., Wolter, K.M., Zeng, W., Dorell, C. and Black, C., 2015 More
Posted: 12.31.2015 9:19AM
Published Research "Persistance and Compliance with Osteroporosis Therapies among Women in a Commercially Insured Population in the United States.", Cheng, L.I., Durden, E., Limone, B., Radbill, L., Juneau, P.L., Spangler, L., Mirza, F.M. and Stolshek, B.S., 2015 More
Posted: 12.1.2015 10:57AM
Published Research "Sample Weighting for Health Surveys.", Copeland, K.R. and Ganesh, N., 2014 More
Posted: 11.19.2015 8:47AM

News

Press Release Edward Mulrow Named New Vice President of Statistics and Methodology at NORC at the University of Chicago More
Posted: 8.19.2015 9:00AM
Press Release NORC at the University of Chicago Senior Vice President Kennon Copeland Appointed an American Statistical Association Fellow More
Posted: 4.16.2015 12:36PM
News NORC's Whitney Murphy discusses statistics management More
Posted: 10.2.2013 4:22PM
News The value of census surveys More
Posted: 7.20.2012 3:46PM
Press Release NORC Opens New Offices in Atlanta More
Posted: 4.16.2012 4:16PM
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 "Who's Happier: Conservatives or Liberals?" with studies from the GSS More
Posted: 11.18.2011 2:07PM
News "The Fighter Fallacy" cites General Social Survey in looking at Occupy Wall Street and income redistribution More
Posted: 10.25.2011 4:09PM
News The "Last Place Aversion" Paradox, a look at Wall Street psychology, Occupy Wall Street and the GSS More
Posted: 10.13.2011 3:53PM
News GSS helps provides data for "Who We Are: Hispanics" report More
Posted: 10.13.2011 10:54AM
News GSS reports 40-year low in America's view of Wall Street More
Posted: 10.7.2011 12:09PM

Events

Publications

"Implementation of Telemedicine Consultation to Assess Unplanned Transfers in Rural Long-Term Care Facilities, 2012-2015: A Pilot Study.", Hofmeyer, J., Leider, J.P., Satorius, J., Tanenbaum, E.R., Basel, D. and Knudson, A.D., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 8.15.2016 10:29AM
"The Effects of Grids on Web Surveys Completed with Mobile Devices.", Stern, M.J., Sterret, D. and Bilgen, I., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 7.20.2016 10:51AM
"Optimum Allocation for a Dual-Frame Telephone Survey.", Wolter, K.M., Tao, X., Montgomery, R.H. and Smith, P.J., 2015 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.15.2016 1:14PM
"A Two-Component Normal Mixture Alternative to the Fay-Herriot Model.", Chakraborty, A., Datta, G.S. and Mandal, A., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.14.2016 10:14AM
"Households’ Geographic Access to Center-Based Early Care and Education: Estimates and Methodology from the National Survey of Early Care and Education.", National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.20.2016 1:53PM
"Counties Eliminating Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Mortality.", Rust, G., Zhang, S., Yu, Z., Caplan, L., Jain, S., Ayer, T., McRoy, L. and Levine, R.S., 2016 More
Posted: 4.13.2016 9:40AM
"Unit Nonresponse in a Presidential Election Day Survey: An Initial Multilevel Exploration Using Fully Conditioned Imputed Data.", Bautista, R., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.15.2016 12:12PM
"Poll.", Bautista, R., 2008 More
Posted: 1.27.2016 3:35PM
"Rolling Averages.", Bautista, R., 2008 More
Posted: 1.27.2016 3:34PM
"Trend Analysis.", Bautista, R., 2008 More
Posted: 1.27.2016 3:33PM
"A Historical Look at Exit Polls from a Mexican Perspective.", Bautista, R., Morales, M.A., Abundis, F. and Callegaro, M., 2008 More
Posted: 1.27.2016 3:32PM
"A Mexican Case Study.", Bautista, R., Callegaro, M., Vera, J.A. and Abundis, F., 2008 More
Posted: 1.27.2016 3:32PM
"Using Auxiliary Sample Frame Information for Optimum Sampling of Rare Populations.", Barron, M.L., Davern, M.E., Montgomery, R.H., Tao, X., Wolter, K.M., Zeng, W., Dorell, C. and Black, C., 2015 More
Posted: 12.31.2015 9:19AM
"Persistance and Compliance with Osteroporosis Therapies among Women in a Commercially Insured Population in the United States.", Cheng, L.I., Durden, E., Limone, B., Radbill, L., Juneau, P.L., Spangler, L., Mirza, F.M. and Stolshek, B.S., 2015 More
Posted: 12.1.2015 10:57AM
"Sample Weighting for Health Surveys.", Copeland, K.R. and Ganesh, N., 2014 More
Posted: 11.19.2015 8:47AM

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Contacts

Kennon R. Copeland

(301) 634-9432