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We navigate the complex social data landscape to derive actionable insights for personal and societal well-being.

NORC's Social Data Collaboratory (SDC) explores the intersection of social media, human behavior, and digital communication. Employing advanced techniques from applied statistics and computational linguistics, we navigate the evolving complexity of social data to provide actionable insights into public opinion and personal behavior. Our clients use those insights to make strategic planning, program, and policy decisions. 

Our team includes experts in public health, health communications, public policy, political science, economics, biostatistics, and data and computer science. In particular, we have extensive experience studying how health information is searched for, engaged with, and shared across traditional and emerging media platforms. Our rigorous data collection methods involve direct extraction from popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, YouTube, and TikTok and capture richer content than standard social listening tools. This combination of subject matter and methodological expertise offers our clients a deeper understanding of the topics that interest them. 

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Our Projects

How Right Now / Qué Hacer Ahora

A communication initiative to increase people’s resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Foundation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Using Innovative Machine Learning to Detect Support and Opposition to E-Cigarette Use Prevention Messaging on Twitter and TikTok

First study to examine the content, sources, and patterns of diffusion of E-cigarette prevention campaigns


National Cancer Institute