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NORC uses advanced analytical procedures throughout our projects to generate insight from data and provides clients with innovative products to enhance data quality.

NORC conducts research to evaluate different techniques and enhance our statistical modeling, machine learning, and causal inference approaches. For example, we research multilevel modeling to evaluate approaches for analyzing complex relationships. NORC statisticians are at the forefront of research small area modeling techniques, including how best to combine information from different surveys and data sources in estimation and different modeling approaches to create the small area estimates.

Our quantitative social scientists have compared different causal inference approaches for program evaluation to analyze experimental and observational data, such as regression discontinuity designs, modern propensity score matching and weighting methods, advanced difference-in-differences designs, and synthetic control methods. Lastly, our geographers and data scientists research best practices in spatial visualization and cartographical applications to draw geographical insights from data, as well as research on a variety of spatial analytical techniques to obtain fine-grained estimates of economic and social behavior, and to link social survey data with environmental and other types of data.

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Advanced Quantitative Methods Experts

Highlighted Projects

Understanding Historically Marginalized & Minoritized Communities in the Forgotten Middle

A deep dive into disparities among middle-income older adults’ finances, housing, and health status


The SCAN Foundation

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