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Human Development

What kind of environment nurtures human potential and well being? NORC’s cross-disciplinary approach has helped numerous organizations and government uncover data and insights about topics ranging from healthcare and education, to family finances, substance use, sexuality and even happiness. Our advanced capabilities, and extensive experience in areas like child development and healthcare support effective decision making for human development programs and policies.

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Representative Projects

General Social Survey (GSS). Since 1972, the General Social Survey (GSS) has been monitoring societal change and studying the growing complexity of American society. The GSS is NORC’s longest running project, and one of its most influential. More

HighScope Perry Preschool Study. Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the HighScope Perry Preschool Study (HPPS) is designed to teach us about the lasting effects of early childhood interventions, such as preschool programs.  The original Perry Preschool Program targeted a disadvantaged African American population in the 1960s. Evaluated initially by a clinical trial of preschool age children, participants were then followed periodically through age 40. Results from this longitudinal survey show strong evidence for the benefits of children in the treatment group in the areas of improved school readiness, higher female graduation rates, higher employment rates and earnings, reduced involvement in crime, and high economic return on investment. More

National Children's Study (NCS). The National Children’s Study will examine the effects of the environment, as broadly defined to include factors such as air, water, diet, sound, family dynamics, community and cultural influences, and genetics on the growth, development, and health of children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21 years. More

National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP). The National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a population-based study of health and social factors on a national scale, aiming to understand the well-being of older, community-dwelling Americans. More

Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance Center (TBI TAC). The Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance Center (TBI TAC) supports the efforts of the Federal TBI Program in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). More

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Headlines

Sparks: The NORC Blog Felicia LeClere: Old Person, New Data More
Posted: 9.3.2014 9:55AM
News Bloomberg Businessweek: The General Social Survey asks questions about family, careers, and what gender has to do with both More
Posted: 7.22.2014 4:27PM
News Nightline: Just how many married couples are having affairs, according to the General Social Survey's findings More
Posted: 4.24.2014 5:32PM
News The Washington Post: How untrusting Millenials may be according to GSS surveys and findings More
Posted: 3.25.2014 9:02AM
News The Huffington Post: Looking at gender equality in the workplace around the world, with ISSP data and findings More
Posted: 3.20.2014 12:03PM

Contacts

Tom W. Smith

(773) 256-6288

Michael Davern

(312) 357-3770

Edward O. Laumann

(773) 702-8691

Linda Waite

(773) 256-6333

Jeffrey Hackett

(312) 759-4266