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Finding smarter ways to conduct insightful social research.

The Ogburn-Stouffer Center fills a crucial role in attaining a deeper understanding of society. As experts in recent advances in quantitative methodology, we collaborate directly with NORC social scientists to craft studiesthat will produce meaningful data and, by extension, impactful findings. A core mission is to promote the training of graduate students through involvement in all phases of large-scale survey research. 

The Center grew out of a decades-long relationship between NORC and Sociology faculty at the University of Chicago, playing a major role  in the application of social network approaches to the study of social life. This collaborative approach is exemplified by the ongoing National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, and our work also extends to such topics as political attitudes, community, health, social inequality, and social structure.

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Ogburn-Stouffer Center Experts

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We are constantly tapping innovations in survey science to better quantify social trends.

Developing Tools for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

Analyzing survey data to inform HIV prevention materials that engage minority adolescents


Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Social Life, Health & Aging Project

A pioneering nationally representative study of the intersection between social and intimate relationships and healthy aging


National Institute on Aging