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NORC’s expertise can inform policies and programs that help communities become more cohesive, resilient, and economically dynamic for all their residents.

Building socially cohesive, economically vibrant communities and driving sustainable urban growth are concerns for developing and developed nations alike. Data gathered and interpreted by NORC researchers help governments and NGOs around the world enhance their community development policies and initiatives.

Working with a variety of partners, NORC has examined the social characteristics that helped or hindered neighborhood recovery after Hurricane Sandy; assessed housing needs in the tribal areas of the United States; and studied the impact that social mobility, economic opportunity, and other factors have on early childhood development. Internationally, NORC has also conducted impact assessments on rural and urban housing initiatives and other community development programs in Rwanda, Azerbaijan, and other countries.

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Communities & Urban Development Experts

Highlighted Projects

Resilience in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy

AP-NORC Center surveyed Americans about disaster preparation and recovery after the 2012 disaster


The Associated Press

Making Connections Research Scholars

Providing analytical opportunities for early-career scholars and researchers of color


The Annie E. Casey Foundation