Social Network Analysis

NORC pioneered and continues to advance social network analysis, illuminating complex and dynamic relationships among individuals.

Representative Projects

Chicago African-American Network Health Study. ​The Chicago African-American Network Health Study (CAANHS) also known as uConnect is a NIDA funded study of the effect of social network dynamics on HIV risk of young (16-29 year old) Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) from the Southside of Chicago, carried out in partnership with researchers at the University of Chicago.  YBMSM have the highest rate of new HIV infection of any single demographic group in the U.S. in spite of similar or even lower levels of individual risk than White MSM.  CAANHS used Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS), a network based rigorous chain referral sampling methodology for sampling hard to reach populations, to recruit the largest single site sample of YBMSM to date. More

Men’s Assessment of Social Support and Risk Networks. The goal of the Men’s Assessment of Social Support and Risk Networks was to pilot test recruitment procedures and questionnaires to assess the influence of social networks and norms and beliefs of a racially and ethnically diverse sample of men who have sex with men (MSM) on their sex and sex-drug risk and risk reduction practices.   More

National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP). The National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a population-based study of health and social factors on a national scale, aiming to understand the well-being of older, community-dwelling Americans. More

Rural Health Information Technology Network Development Program. This evaluation establishes a baseline to ascertain where grantees are in their preparations to meet meaningful use requirements and to identify what types of technical assistance may be most beneficial to grantees as they begin their programs. More

The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO). The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) is a 10-year contract funded by the State of Maine and  awarded to Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), NORC, and PCG Consulting (PCG). The Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) was established by the Maine Legislature in 1996 as an independent executive agency responsible for the collection of clinical and financial health care information and created the nation's first All Payer Claims Database (APCD) in 2003. The MHDO contracted with the HSRI/NORC/PCG Team to transform the MHDO's current structure, technology, and overall APCD operations.   More