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Josiane Bechara

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Methodologist
Josiane is an expert in study design, data quality and innovation, and project management.

Josiane is a senior research methodologist in the Methodology & Quantitative Social Sciences department at NORC at the University of Chicago with expertise in study design, data quality, project management, data innovation, and healthcare policy research. She helps develop new tools and processes to leverage data for research and decision making and advises clients on identifying and sourcing various types of restricted and public-use data. She works with clients to develop appropriate research designs and leads efforts to improve data quality and documentation standards. She also manages projects from research design to data dissemination and trains and supervises project teams.

Josiane has extensive experience in data management of survey and administrative data and is skilled in secure data sourcing and data management systems. Additionally, she works with legal and technical teams to establish data-sharing agreements and ensure compliance with legal requirements for sensitive data. Josiane also manages business development and strategic initiatives to expand NORC’s capacity in both federal and commercial markets.

She has managed and overseen numerous projects at NORC including the recent “AHRQ Innovations in Physician, Physician Practice, and Social Determinants of Health Data” project. For this project, she managed all data outreach activities, including data acquisitions and negotiations with State, Federal and private data entities. Josiane authored reports that provided AHRQ with scenarios for strategic, cost-effective, and timely options for transforming the current prototype projects into federally led data development and data collection programs using administrative data sources.

Prior to her current role, she was Research and Program Coordinator at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, where she managed the regional public policy program Youth in the Arab World.

Project Contributions

Innovations to Address Health Care Data Gaps

Supporting research on physicians and social determinants of health


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Survey of Doctorate Recipients

The only comprehensive data on U.S.-trained doctorate holders in science, engineering, and health


National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics at the National Science Foundation (NCSES/NSF)

Survey of Consumer Finances

The only fully representative source of data on the financial condition of U.S. households


Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Worker Voice Study

Measuring how workers feel about their employment situation


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management