Kim Nguyen is a principal research scientist in the Health Care Evaluation Department at NORC at the University of Chicago. She is a sociologist with over fifteen years of experience in conducting social science research applying both quantitative and qualitative methods. At NORC, she provides conceptual and technical guidance and management for a variety of research and evaluation efforts related to human services programs, particularly in the areas of aging, health, national service, and workforce development.
Nguyen serves as project director for the Process and Outcome Evaluation of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) on behalf of the Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging. The goal of the evaluation is to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the LTCOP’s structure and operations at the national, state and local levels; use of resources to carry out mandates; the nature of program relationships; and processes for sharing information on promising program practices. She is also project manager for the Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps State and National Applicants Training and Technical Assistance Project, where she provides management support as well as grantee training and evaluation technical assistance. Previously, she lead the data specification and analysis efforts on the Developing and Conducting an Evaluation for the Administration on Aging’s Program to Prevent Elder Abuse project, sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation and served as an advisor for the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey, Long-Term Care: Perceptions, Experiences, and Attitudes among Americans 40 or Older.
Prior to joining NORC, Nguyen served as project director on the Aging, Stress and Health Study at the University of Maryland where her research focused on the social determinants of health outcomes and racial/ethnic and gender disparities over the life course, including caregiving, psychosocial resources, labor force characteristics, and retirement.