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NORC at the University of Chicago

NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization headquartered in downtown Chicago with additional offices on The University of Chicago's campus and in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland. NORC also supports a nationwide field staff as well as international research operations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates with government agencies, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and businesses to provide the data and analysis that supports informed decision making in key areas including health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment. NORC’s 70 years of leadership and experience in data collection, analysis, and dissemination—coupled with deep subject matter expertise—provides the foundation for effective solutions.

NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce.
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Our mission is to conduct high quality social science research in the public interest.

Our Values and Guiding Principles


We are leaders in social science research. We strive to achieve excellence in every facet of our work by providing advanced solutions for collecting, analyzing and sharing data. We meet or exceed our clients’ expectations for quality, achieving an appropriate balance of time, budget and scope.

Collaboration and Mutual Respect

We build long-term relationships through collaboration and mutual respect. We respect the rights and well-being of our study participants. We build productive teams with our clients and colleagues, communicating in an open, honest and constructive manner. We advance the field of social science by freely exchanging ideas with the larger research community. We nurture and capitalize on the complementary strengths of NORC and the University of Chicago.

Employee Potential

We recognize that NORC employees are our greatest asset. We hire and retain a diverse group of talented individuals. We have a work environment that fosters teamwork, encourages creativity, and provides equitable opportunities for growth and development.


We are responsible for effective use of the assets entrusted to us by our clients, respondents, and trustees. We deliver data and analyses that ensure the integrity of our research and serve the public interest. We exercise fiscal prudence to ensure the long-term viability of the organization.
Focus Areas of Research
NORC researchers conduct studies on a wide range of topics. Our record is particularly strong in these areas:

Arts and Humanities
NORC's work in the area of arts and humanities includes the measurement of participation and interest in a variety of cultural activities and the establishment of reliable indicators to facilitate analysis.

Criminal Justice
Our focus on criminal justice includes the study of the operations and clientele of law enforcement and criminal justice programs.

Since its first days of operation, NORC has worked to improve the public's and government's understanding of issues related to education.

Energy & Environment
NORC has emerged as a leader in conducting high-quality survey research related to energy and environmental concerns, creating a foundation for clients to make more informed, accurate policy decisions with respect to these crucial issues.

NORC's experience collecting and analyzing financial data is extensive. It includes the use of data from both households and businesses.

NORC research on issues related to health is conducted with the goal of informing the public and policy makers and improving Americans' quality of life.

NORC's international studies focus on issues outside the United States.

Labor and Employment
Labor research at NORC encompasses a broad range of studies on work experience, education and training, consumption, and the relationships between education, age, experience, worker satisfaction, and success.

The study of organizations is fundamental to studying social behavior.
Special Populations
Reaching special populations is the essence of survey and analytical work at NORC. Examples of some special populations we have worked with include:

Society and Culture
NORC has studied many areas of American society, among them arts and humanities, religion, social indicators, and public opinion on a wide range of topics.
Substance Abuse
Our focus in this area involves the study of treatment, prevention, and treatment outcomes as they relate to substance abuse and addiction.

NORC creates unique value for its clients by developing effective, innovative solutions at the nexus of information technology and public interest research.
There are many opportunities at NORC, both in our Chicago and Washington D.C. locations, as well as Field Interviewer positions nation-wide. The interdisciplinary framework of the organization allows for professional growth in a wide range of disciplines. New positions are always becoming available, so continue to visit our website for the latest openings at NORC's Career Central

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