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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

2009 - 2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. Sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and coordinated through the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs provides data on the health care needs of special needs children. More

Analyzing the Relationship Among Early Childhood Conditions, Reproduction of Socioeconomic Inequalities and Adult Health Disparities. This project analyzes the relationship between early health conditions, adult socioeconomic attainment, and adult health. The first goal of this study is to document the impact of early health conditions on adult socioeconomic and adult health outcomes. More

Descriptive Study of the Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services. ​In 2011, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded grants to 14 tribes and tribal organizations to coordinate tribal TANF and child welfare services to address family risk factors for child abuse and neglect. The grantees agreed to participate in a study as a condition of the grant award. The Study of Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services is sponsored by ACF's Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. James Bell Associates is the lead entity on the project; NORC at the University of Chicago and the Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado at Denver are project partners.  The goal of this three year study is to document the ways in which the tribal grantees are creating and adapting culturally relevant and appropriate approaches, systems, and programs to increase coordination and enhance service delivery to address child abuse and neglect. More

Getting on Track Early for School Success: An Assessment System to Support Effective Instruction. Stephen W. Raudenbush and a team of co-investigators from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Education, Urban Education Institute, Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education, and NORC at the University of Chicago are developing objective, valid, and instructionally relevant tools for assessing the literacy and math skills of children of ages three and four.   More

Social Ecology of Maternal Substance Use. Pregnancy is a key opportunity to affect the epidemiology and to enhance reduction of women’s tobacco and problem alcohol use. The opportunities to provide pregnant women with tobacco and alcohol cessation resources appear to be strongest when integrated into community-based health services, with attention to generating support in mothers’ networks of family and friends. With support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this secondary data analysis project investigates the role of neighborhood structural aspects and social processes in association with maternal alcohol and tobacco use in the perinatal and early childhood parenting periods. More

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Headlines

News Peace Talks Radio: NORC's Louise Hawkely talks about loneliness and how it's researched More
Posted: 6.4.2015 4:46PM
News The New York Times: Looking at how, and why, people cheat on their significant others, with data and research from the GSS More
Posted: 5.29.2015 4:37PM
News Slate: Calculating the frequency and regularity of your sex life, using General Social Survey data. More
Posted: 5.29.2015 4:35PM
News The Washington Post: Recent GSS findings suggest the racial views of Millennials More
Posted: 5.13.2015 2:00PM
News CBS News: Researching GSS data on American views of sex and sexuality over the decades More
Posted: 5.13.2015 1:44PM

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