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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

From the Classroom to the Lab and Back: Instructional Strategies to Improve Children’s Early Math Skills. ​From the Classroom to the Lab and Back is a collaboration between researchers, practitioners and curriculum developers to develop, validate, and disseminate instructional strategies that advance the early math skills of 3 to 5 year old preschool children, particularly those from low-SES backgrounds. The collaboration is grounded in research demonstrating that early mathematics skills predict later achievement in mathematics. 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

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 analyses 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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