Center for Excellence in Survey Research

Communication and technological advances have many and diverse implications for research design. Budget concerns also impact the design of studies and the method of sampling and estimation employed in various studies. In the evolving research landscape, NORC continues to offer its clients outstanding staff and innovative methods in statistical and survey research. The Center for Excellence in Survey Research (CESR) assists NORC in remaining a leader in methodological innovations in survey research.

CESR helps identify and share best practices—both internally and externally—across the continuum of research design and implementation at NORC. To accomplish its mission, the Center conducts timely, state-of-the-art statistical and methodological research on sample and survey design and estimation methods, as well as the analysis of data from surveys and information collection activities. The CESR staff partner with colleagues and work on projects housed in every research department at NORC to encourage including the most innovative and industry best practices in our methodologies. External clients benefit from CESR’s team members’ expertise across a range of topics by working directly with CESR or through a multidisciplinary collaboration with NORC’s research departments.

The staff of CESR is comprised of NORC Senior Fellows; each one demonstrates outstanding skills and expertise in their field. CESR Senior Fellows blend significant experience in subject matter areas, such as crime, child care, and income statistics, with research background in many areas of statistical and survey research methods, such as sample design, estimation, imputation, and microdata disclosure-avoidance methods.