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Kate Bachtell

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Director
Kate is a senior director of large-scale, multimode data collection projects and an analyst trained in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Kate oversees research for federal organizations and agencies like the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and academic partners. She has seventeen years of experience managing questionnaire design, cognitive testing, interviewer training, participant recruitment, in-depth interviewing, data review, and data harmonization activities. Her recent methodological research focuses on monetary incentives and adaptive survey design. Kate also has sixteen years of experience conducting community-based, longitudinal research focused on child and family well-being. 

Kate is currently Project Director of the 2022 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. For this study NORC expects to conduct more than 200,000 interviews across four waves for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and sixteen state wildlife agencies. She is also Assistant Project Director for the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), sponsored by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The SCF data inform a wide variety of economic policy decisions across the government and research on the economic state of the American family.

Kate formerly served as Associate Project Director for the Making Connections Survey, a ten-year study of low-income communities funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Following survey data collection, Kate provided technical assistance and mentoring to external users of longitudinal datasets and coordinated research awards with three cohorts of longitudinal data users.

Project Contributions

Survey of Consumer Finances

The only fully representative source of data on the financial condition of U.S. households


Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Making Connections Surveys

A longitudinal and cross-sectional study conducted in low-income neighborhoods in ten U.S. cities


The Annie E Casey Foundation

Making Connections Research Scholars

Providing analytical opportunities for early-career scholars and researchers of color


The Annie E. Casey Foundation