Design and Methodology

Rigorous statistical design and an advanced methodological expertise underlie all NORC studies. At the critical early stages, research projects are defined and scoped by highly skilled NORC staff members in collaboration with our clients.

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Communicating Health Care Quality to U.S. Consumers. NORC is supporting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) effort to report health care provider quality information to U.S. consumers. More

First 5 LA Family Survey. Funded by First 5 LA, the First 5 LA Family Survey will provide representative data about key indicators of well-being for children zero to five and their parents across 14 communities in Los Angeles County participating in Best Start.  Best Start is an ambitious place-based initiative with the goal of improving outcomes for children zero to five by ensuring children are born healthy, maintain a healthy weight, are free from abuse and neglect and enter school ready to learn.  More

Impact Evaluation of USAID 'Yes Youth Can!' - Kenya Project. Yes Youth Can! (YYC) is the largest USAID (United States Agency for International Development) program in the world, covering approximately 60% of Kenya. The YYC program was initially created in response to the 2007 post-election violence involving Kenya's youth, with the goal of empowering Kenya's oft-marginalized youth - economically, politically, and socially - through the creation, training, and support of self-led and managed youth groups. For this project, NORC was responsible for designing and conducting a rigorous impact evaluation. The impact evaluation is aimed at addressing both the Accountability and Learning objectives as laid out in the USAID Evaluation Policy, and will be used by USAID YYC staff in order to inform future programming in YYC in Kenya and beyond.​ More

Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) is a federal agency survey conducted by NORC for the National Science Foundation and five other federal agencies (National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). More

Trends in Health Insurance Premiums. This study for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) aims to build a baseline data set for the years 2008-2011 from 30 states that will enable the HHS and others to evaluate the impact of the Affordable Care Act. More

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