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A Study of the Working Environments of the Natural Science Departments in the University of Chicago and Northwestern University (Faculty Climate Study)

On behalf of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting an in-depth qualitative analysis of the working climate within each university's natural sciences departments.  More

Affordable Care Act: Examining Policies & Implementation with State & Local Public Health Depts

On behalf of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within HHS, NORC is expanding prior project activities to explore the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on state and local public health departments.  More

Aligning Quality and Public Reporting Programs for Physicians and other Practitioners

For the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), NORC is supporting the development of a strategic plan to align quality and public reporting programs for physicians and other practitioners. Tasks include supporting an internal CMS workgroup with representatives of the CMS Compare Websites and other parties involved in developing and implementing the plan.  More

Analysis of Data Methods and Taxonomies Used to Assess the Public Health Workforce in the U.S.

The University of Michigan Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce led the creation of the Public Health Workforce Taxonomy for Enumeration, with input from state and local health departments and support from the CDC. The taxonomy consists of 12 axes, each focusing on a different category for describing public health workers. To examine the utility of the taxonomy, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) contracted with NORC to conduct this study.    More

CDC Dating Matters Experimental Evaluation

NORC at the University of Chicago is evaluating a CDC initiative to help urban communities prevent teen dating violence (TDV). On September 13th, 2011, Vice President Biden announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded grants to four communities (Baltimore, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, and Oakland/Hayward) for its new teen dating violence prevention initiative, Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.  More

Chronic Care Initiative in Mental Health

NORC is working with the District of Columbia Department of Health and the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health to design, implement, and evaluate an integrated behavioral health/primary care (BH/PC) project at three outpatient ambulatory clinics in the District of Columbia. More

Declining Access to Hospital-based Obstetric Services in Rural Areas: Causes and Impact

​​This study examines the declining availability of hospital-based obstetric services in rural areas from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, potential causes for this trend and the possible effects of medical malpractice reforms. More

Descriptive Study of the Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services

​In 2011, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded grants to 14 tribes and tribal organizations to coordinate tribal TANF and child welfare services to address family risk factors for child abuse and neglect. The grantees agreed to participate in a study as a condition of the grant award. The Study of Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services is sponsored by ACF's Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. James Bell Associates is the lead entity on the project; NORC at the University of Chicago and the Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado at Denver are project partners.  The goal of this three year study is to document the ways in which the tribal grantees are creating and adapting culturally relevant and appropriate approaches, systems, and programs to increase coordination and enhance service delivery to address child abuse and neglect. More

Development and Evaluation of the Hurricane Recovery Program Community Resilience Pilot

The ability of a community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a natural disaster is a critical piece of resilience. Within these frameworks, increasing priority is being placed on community-based approaches to resilience, where the strength of networks and their sustainability plays a major role in the community’s overall resilience. More

Evaluation of Short-Term Outcomes from Public Health Accreditation

On behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), NORC is conducting an evaluation of the short-term outcomes of national accreditation of public health agencies.  More

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