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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.

Major Capabilities

  • Statistical Sampling Methodology
    • Sample Frame Creation and Maintenance
    • National Frame Sample Design
    • Address-Based Sampling (ABS)
    • Random Digit Dial (RDD) Sampling
    • Data Imputation
    • Survey Weighting Methods
    • Variance Estimation
    • Small Area Estimation
    • Total Survey Error Estimation
  • Survey Data Collection Methodology
    • Questionnaire Design
    • Cognitive Interviewing
    • Focus Groups
    • Psychometrics
    • Response Error Mechanisms
    • Nonresponse Mechanisms
  • Data Dissemination
    • Disclosure Analysis
    • Data Suppression

Data Analysis

    • Generalized Linear Models
    • Logistic Regression
    • Factor Analysis
    • Survival Analysis
    • Categorical Data Analysis
    • Item Response Theory
    • Structural Equation Models
    • Program Evaluation
    • Economic Analysis
    • Analysis of Variance
    • Integrated Data Systems

Special Capabilities

In addition to NORC's core capabilities, the Statistics and Methodology Department has advanced skills in:

  • Geographical information systems
  • Statistical computing
  • Administrative Records Research

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

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

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Job Posting Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Job Posting Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM
Published Research "Physician Practice Participation in Accountable Care Organizations: The Emergence of the Unicorn.", Shortell, S.M., McClellan, S.R., Ramsay, P.P., Casalino, L.P., Ryan, A.M. and Copeland, K.R. , 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 4.1.2014 10:01AM
Published Research "The Onset of Depression during the Great Recession: Foreclosure and Older Adult Mental Health.", Cagney, K.A., Browning, C.R., Iveniuk, J. and English, E.M., 2014 More
Posted: 2.20.2014 9:27AM
Published Research "Marriageable Women: A Focus on Participants in a Community Healthy Marriage Program.", Manning, W.D., Trella, D., Lyons, H. and du Toit, N., 2010 More
Posted: 1.9.2014 2:42PM
Published Research "Improving the Utility of the DSF Address-Based Frame through Ancillary Information.", Amaya, A., Leclere, F.B., Fiorio, L. and English, E.M., 2014 More
Posted: 1.9.2014 9:38AM
Published Research "Wireless Substitution: State-Level Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2012.", Blumberg, S.J., Ganesh, N., Luke, J.V. and Gonzales, G. , 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 1.7.2014 9:29AM
Published Research "Factors Affecting Wealth Accumulation in Hispanic Households: A Comparative Analysis of Stock and Home Asset Utilization.", Fontes, A. and Kelly, N.L., 2013 More
Posted: 1.7.2014 9:25AM
Published Research "Coming and Going: Effects of Change in Household Composition on the Economic Wellbeing of Families with Children.", Du Toit, N., Bachtell, K. and Haggerty, C.C., 2013 More
Posted: 12.13.2013 10:48AM
Published Research "Geocoding to Create Survey Frames.", Eckman, S. and English, E.M., 2012 More
Posted: 12.11.2013 10:34AM
Published Research "Multiple Imputation of Missing Household Poverty Level Values from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, 2001, and the National Survey of Children's Health, 2003." , Pedlow, S.E., Luke, J.V. and Blumberg, S.J., 2007 Download the PDF
Posted: 10.29.2013 11:29AM
Published Research "Social Meaning of Alcohol-Related Flushing among University Students in China.", Newman, I.M., Jinnai, I., Zhao, J., Huang, Z., Pu, J. and Qian, L., 2013 More
Posted: 10.8.2013 11:40AM
News AMSTAT News: NORC's Whitney Murphy discusses statistics management More
Posted: 10.2.2013 4:22PM
Published Research "Independent Practice Associations and Physician-Hospital Organizations Can Improve Care Management for Smaller Practices.", Casalino, L.P., Wu, F.M., Ryan, A.M., Copeland, K.R., Rittenhouse, D.R., Ramsay, P.P. and Shortell, S.M., 2013 More
Posted: 8.9.2013 10:43AM
Published Research "Translation Procedures and Translation Assessment in the World Mental Health Survey Initiative.", Harkness, J, Pennell, B.E., Villar, A., Gebler, N., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S. and Bilgen, I., 2011 More
Posted: 7.16.2013 11:15AM

News

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

"Physician Practice Participation in Accountable Care Organizations: The Emergence of the Unicorn." Shortell, S.M., McClellan, S.R., Ramsay, P.P., Casalino, L.P., Ryan, A.M. and Copeland, K.R. , 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 4.1.2014 10:01AM
"The Onset of Depression during the Great Recession: Foreclosure and Older Adult Mental Health." Cagney, K.A., Browning, C.R., Iveniuk, J. and English, E.M., 2014 More
Posted: 2.20.2014 9:27AM
"Marriageable Women: A Focus on Participants in a Community Healthy Marriage Program." Manning, W.D., Trella, D., Lyons, H. and du Toit, N., 2010 More
Posted: 1.9.2014 2:42PM
"Improving the Utility of the DSF Address-Based Frame through Ancillary Information." Amaya, A., Leclere, F.B., Fiorio, L. and English, E.M., 2014 More
Posted: 1.9.2014 9:38AM
"Wireless Substitution: State-Level Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2012." Blumberg, S.J., Ganesh, N., Luke, J.V. and Gonzales, G. , 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 1.7.2014 9:29AM
"Factors Affecting Wealth Accumulation in Hispanic Households: A Comparative Analysis of Stock and Home Asset Utilization." Fontes, A. and Kelly, N.L., 2013 More
Posted: 1.7.2014 9:25AM
"Coming and Going: Effects of Change in Household Composition on the Economic Wellbeing of Families with Children." Du Toit, N., Bachtell, K. and Haggerty, C.C., 2013 More
Posted: 12.13.2013 10:48AM
"Geocoding to Create Survey Frames." Eckman, S. and English, E.M., 2012 More
Posted: 12.11.2013 10:34AM
"Multiple Imputation of Missing Household Poverty Level Values from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, 2001, and the National Survey of Children's Health, 2003." Pedlow, S.E., Luke, J.V. and Blumberg, S.J., 2007 Download the PDF
Posted: 10.29.2013 11:29AM
"Social Meaning of Alcohol-Related Flushing among University Students in China." Newman, I.M., Jinnai, I., Zhao, J., Huang, Z., Pu, J. and Qian, L., 2013 More
Posted: 10.8.2013 11:40AM
"Independent Practice Associations and Physician-Hospital Organizations Can Improve Care Management for Smaller Practices." Casalino, L.P., Wu, F.M., Ryan, A.M., Copeland, K.R., Rittenhouse, D.R., Ramsay, P.P. and Shortell, S.M., 2013 More
Posted: 8.9.2013 10:43AM
"Translation Procedures and Translation Assessment in the World Mental Health Survey Initiative." Harkness, J, Pennell, B.E., Villar, A., Gebler, N., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S. and Bilgen, I., 2011 More
Posted: 7.16.2013 11:15AM
"Health Status Measurement via Event History Calendars vs. Conventional Questionnaires: 'Long Time, No Status Change.'" Miller, D., Steele, C., Bilgen, I. and Belli, R.F., 2009 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.16.2013 11:13AM
"Comparison of Verbal Behaviors between Calendar and Standardized Conventional Questionnaires." Bilgen, I. and Belli, R.F., 2010 More
Posted: 7.16.2013 10:44AM
"The Role of Interviewer Experience on Acquiescence." Olson, K. and Bilgen, I., 2011 More
Posted: 7.16.2013 10:41AM

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

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Senior Staff

Kennon R. Copeland

Kennon R. Copeland
Senior Vice President and Director

Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee
Senior Survey Methodologist

Ned English

Ned English
Senior Survey Methodologist

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