Ned is a principal research methodologist in the Methodology & Quantitative Social Sciences department at NORC at the University of Chicago. Formally trained as a geographer, he has diverse theoretical and applied experience in the areas of GIS and data analysis with respect to survey methodology and sample design, especially in the context of address-based sampling (ABS). Ned is considered a leader in address-based sampling (ABS) for single and multi-mode surveys. His approaches typically include using extant data sources at multiple geographic levels to enhance geocoded address frames to improve survey efficiency and coverage. Ned also leads critical internal initiatives including the NORC National Frame and the FrameLab program which spearheads ABS-focused research.
He also leads the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team at NORC which has been responsible for GIS and geospatial analyses for most major NORC projects, including the General Social Survey (GSS), the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), and the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE). In addition Ned serves as the lead methodologist on some of the most important studies at NORC, for clients such as the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute on Aging.
His work has been published in numerous journals including The Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, Public Opinion Quarterly, Field Methods, the Journal of Gerontology, and the American Journal of Public Health in addition to book chapters and conference proceedings. He also was a member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) ABS Task Force and serves as the current chair of the AAPOR Standard Definitions committee.
Prior to NORC, Ned worked as a GIS consultant implementing mapping and spatial solutions for numerous clients in the public and private sectors.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Appointments & Affiliations
Adjunct Faculty Member
The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
Honors & Awards
NORC Employee Recognition Award | 2005
NORC at the University of Chicago
Event | June 24, 2023
Press Release | April 27, 2023
opens in new tab"Sample Design and Estimation in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project: Round 3 (2015–2016)."
Journal Article | January 24, 2022
opens in new tab"Image Processing for Public Health Surveillance of Tobacco Point-of-Sale Advertising: Machine Learning-Based Methodology."
Journal Article | November 22, 2021
opens in new tab"Making Sense of Sensor Data: How Local Environmental Conditions Add Value to Social Science Research."
Journal Article | January 5, 2021
opens in new tab"Estimating County-Level Vaccination Coverage Using Small Area Estimation with the National Immunization Survey-Child."
Journal Article | December 10, 2020
Journal Article | August 26, 2020
opens in new tab"Sociodemographic Disparities in the Tobacco Retail Environment in Washington, DC: A Spatial Perspective."
Journal Article | August 19, 2020