The National Opinion Research Center

The National Opinion Research Center
An US center for social surveys

Hosted at the University of Chicago, the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) is a US national research organization which works in cooperation with government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and private corporations. The center’s studies range across local, regional, and international perspectives, but its focus are national studies with an interdisciplinary framework, centered on five areas: economics and population; education; health survey; mental health and criminal justice; statistics and methodology. Its website provides detailed descriptions of ongoing projects, complex surveys and sophisticated empirical analysis, questionnaire design and survey methodology, data collections and data preparation strategies. Content material seems quite fresh, along with info about the center’s activities ans organization. Documents are provided with metadata and in various formats, from pdf papers and summary reports to audio-visual presentations. Access and material retrieval is completely free for all users; downloading is limited to research reports while other records can be saved only on-screen. Users can subscribe to a free quarterly newsletter and to a RSS news feed. Along with a keyword search facility (featured on each page’s top bar), several external links are also provided under a professionally-looking structure.

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