Youth Development

The factors that influence youth development exist at the intersection of several of NORC’s deepest areas of expertise: economics, education, and health. Since 1979, NORC’s National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth have been tracking the educational attainment and employment outcomes of the nation’s young people, with a special emphasis on how education, marriage, health, and geography influence professional success and earning power. The Making Connections program examined how family and community characteristics influence youth development. Overseas, NORC has conducted impact evaluations on many programs related to youth development, including Yes Youth Can!, a United States Agency for International Development–funded initiative in Kenya aimed at combating political violence and other forms of civil unrest through youth empowerment.

Representative Projects

CDC Dating Matters Experimental Evaluation. NORC at the University of Chicago is evaluating a CDC initiative to help urban communities prevent teen dating violence (TDV). On September 13th, 2011, Vice President Biden announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded grants to four communities (Baltimore, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, and Oakland/Hayward) for its new teen dating violence prevention initiative, Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.  More

Impact Evaluation of USAID 'Yes Youth Can!' - Kenya Project. Yes Youth Can! (YYC) is the largest USAID (United States Agency for International Development) program in the world, covering approximately 60% of Kenya. The YYC program was initially created in response to the 2007 post-election violence involving Kenya's youth, with the goal of empowering Kenya's oft-marginalized youth - economically, politically, and socially - through the creation, training, and support of self-led and managed youth groups. For this project, NORC was responsible for designing and conducting a rigorous impact evaluation. The impact evaluation is aimed at addressing both the Accountability and Learning objectives as laid out in the USAID Evaluation Policy, and will be used by USAID YYC staff in order to inform future programming in YYC in Kenya and beyond.​ More

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997. The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), sponsored and funded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor, is the youth-focused component of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) Program – a set of surveys used to gather information on the labor market experiences of American men and women.  More

NIJ Dating Violence Experiment in NYC I with PERF. For this project, on which NORC is a subcontractor to the Police Executive Research Forum, the research team randomly assigned 30 New York City middle schools (two 6th and two 7th grade classrooms in each, with a final total of 117 participating classrooms) to one of four conditions: (1) a classroom‐based intervention, (2) a building intervention, (3) both classroom and building interventions, or (4) a no‐treatment control group. The classroom curriculum included six sessions emphasizing the consequences for perpetrators of dating violence/harassment (DV/H); state and federal laws for DV/H; the setting and communicating of boundaries in relationships; and the role of bystanders as interveners.​​​ More