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NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, nonpartisan research organization that delivers insights and analysis decision-makers trust.


Together, We Find Evidence for a Better World

NORC partners with government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world to inform the critical decisions facing society.  

Landmark Projects

The General Social Survey

The most rigorous, widely used data on the attitudes, opinions, and behaviors of the American public


The National Science Foundation

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

2024 National Survey of Early Care and Education

Examining early care and education after major disruption


Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services

National Social Life, Health & Aging Project

A pioneering nationally representative study of the intersection between social and intimate relationships and healthy aging


National Institute on Aging

Assessing Child Labor in West Africa Cocoa Farming

The largest-ever examination of child labor in the cocoa sector in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana


Bureau of International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor

A History of Informing the Future

Since our founding in 1941, when we surveyed public attitudes about the U.S.’s potential entry into World War II, NORC’s trustworthy data and insights have informed society’s most important decisions.

For more than 80 years, NORC has used proven methods and pioneered new techniques to study the broad spectrum of human experience. We have explored the structural and personal factors that contribute to health and well-being. We have examined how we best learn at different stages of development and how education systems contribute to positive and negative outcomes.

We have charted the nature of employment and work and created deep knowledge about the state of the national economy and our relationship with money and income. We have helped governments around the world design, implement, and evaluate programs to improve the human condition. And we have probed the heart of the American psyche to understand the sometimes conflicting views that will shape the future of the country.

NORC at a Glance

NORC has the organizational scale and the interdisciplinary scope to conduct research in communities across the country and in countries around the world.

Active Projects
NORC experts conduct innovative, nonpartisan research and analysis for governments and organizations around the world.
Annual Revenue
Our cutting-edge work is funded by national and international government agencies, foundations, corporate, and nonprofit clients who turn to NORC for objectivity and deep expertise.
NORC’s global portfolio continues to grow. Our international development experts have conducted research in more than 100 countries since 1941.
Staff Members
The talented staff at NORC bring a diverse range of skills, education, and cultural backgrounds that strengthen our work. At the height of data collection, NORC employs more than 3,000 staff members across the country.