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Jennifer Vanicek

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Director
Jennifer is an experienced survey research professional with more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of data collection design and management.

Jennifer is an associate project director for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), a national, in-person, longitudinal survey of Medicare beneficiaries. In this role she oversees data collection and interviewer training. She has managed implementation of a wide range of innovations, including the shift to multimode data collection, introduction of physical measures data collection, and novel approaches to respondent outreach and mailings. Jennifer also has extensive experience in questionnaire development and testing, data collection systems management, and data cleaning and delivery.

Over more than 10 years at NORC, Jennifer has worked on a variety of health care and public health projects, specializing in multimode data collection (field, telephone, web, and mail) and surveys of hard-to-reach populations. For these projects, she has helped develop and streamline questionnaire testing, data quality monitoring, and data delivery procedures. Prior projects have included the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) Risk Factor Survey, the National Immunization Survey (NIS), the First 5 LA Family Survey, the American Health Values survey, and the New York City Housing Authority Mayor’s Action Plan Resident Survey.

Project Contributions

Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS)

The most comprehensive source of data on Medicare spending and the evolving needs of beneficiaries


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


  • ​"Health Insurance Statement Usage and Respondent Characteristics."

    Journal Article | August 24, 2017

    Vanicek, J.S., McNamara, L. and Schluterman, N.
  • ​"Using Extant Lists to Improve CAPI Instruments and Expedite Record Linkage."

    Journal Article | June 5, 2015

    LeClere, F., Vanicek, J.S., Matise, J., Tilmon, S. and McCormick, J.
  • ​"Text Message Follow-Up for Cell Phone Respondents to a National Survey."

    Journal Article | August 26, 2014

    Vanicek, J.S., Stern, M., Ward, C., Black, C. and Knighton, C.
  • ​"Measurement Consequences of Mode Switching in Multimode ABS Surveys: Experiments in Case Flow Design."

    Journal Article | August 27, 2013

    Vanicek, J.S., LeClere, F.B., Amaya, A.E. and Carris, K.L.
  • ​"¿Hola or Hello? A Priori Assignment of Interview Language using Demographic Flags."

    Journal Article | August 26, 2013

    Li, Y., Murphy, W.E., Lawrence, G., Vanicek, J.S., Carris, K.L. and LeClere, F.B.
  • opens in new tab"Demographic Flags and Dual-Language Survey Materials."

    Journal Article | August 26, 2012

    Vanicek, J.S., Carris, K.L., Li, Y., LeClere, F.B. and Xia, K.
  • opens in new tab"Changing Survey Modes: Does It Matter How You Get There?"

    Journal Article | May 29, 2012

    LeClere, F.B., Vanicek, J.S., Xia, K., Amaya, A.E., Murphy, W.E., Fiorio, L. and Carris, K.L.
  • opens in new tab"Household Early Bird Incentives: Leveraging Family Influence to Improve Household Response Rates."

    Journal Article | May 22, 2012

    LeClere, F.B., Plummer, S., Vanicek, J.S., Amaya, A.E. and Carris, K.L.