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Michael Latterner

Pronouns: He/Him

Senior Data Scientist
Michael helps NORC and its clients develop innovative tools and processes to leverage data for research and decision-making.

As a consultant with over 15 years of data management experience, Michael advises clients across the spectrum on identifying and sourcing many types of restricted and public use data, including administrative health, employment, and police data. He architects and implements secure data sourcing, data management systems, dashboards, and web-based dissemination platforms. He helps teams work with legal and technical counterparts to establish the data sharing agreements and operational solutions needed to obtain sensitive data and manage it in compliance with applicable legal requirements.

Michael has architected and managed the design and development of a several important tools that make it easier for broad audiences to use data produced by NORC. Michael helped architect and manage the development of the GSS Data Explorer, a web-based application that has made it easier for 30K registered researchers, students, and the media to understand and use the General Social Survey.

Michael has served as an advisor to NORC’s Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) team where he helped architect the new MCBS Chartbook using Tableau and the MCBS Interactives Tool, recipients of the 2019 CMS Operational Excellence Award and the 2021 Association of Public Data Users Data Viz Award respectively. Michael helped the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) create a data exploration tool for the Nationwide Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey for Adults Enrolled in Medicaid.

Michael has served as a technical advisor to several health care evaluations at NORC including the Health Care Innovation Awards Evaluation. As an internal consultant, Michael establishes data sharing agreements to obtain claims data and electronic health records data, develops secure data management processes, and helps NORC’s researchers extract and transform the data they need for their analyses. As one of NORC’s first data scientists, Michael pioneered the use of HP Vertica big data platform to analyze terabytes of Medicaid claims for a report to Congress.

Most recently, Michael has led the harmonization of police use of force data for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR). This work has required the integration of incident-level data from 30 cities across and U.S. resulting in one of the largest police use of force datasets available in the U.S., one which is made available through a site called Accountable Now.

Prior to joining NORC, Michael was a Data and Analytics Consultant with Accenture where he helped develop business intelligence and data warehousing solutions in Life Sciences. Michael also worked for several years on data dissemination at the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota where he supported the use of a web-based dissemination tool known as the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS).

Project Contributions

Developing a National Database on Police Use of Force

The nation’s first police database that combines police data across multiple cities

Client:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

The nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital care data

Client:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality