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Hyde Park Lobby Several projects at NORC include studies of sexual behavior and sexuality. Informal Discussion in Bethesda Office Active older Americans Meeting in NORC's Bethesda office

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

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

Evaluation and Analytic Support for HHS Healthy Weight and Obesity Initiative. NORC is providing evaluation support to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), assisting the Department in tracking progress on reversing the obesity epidemic. 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

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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