Center for Survey Methodology

The Center for Survey Methodology supports research projects on the methodology of data collection and evaluation.

The Chicago Harris Center for Survey Methodology, established in 2014,  supports research projects on the methodology of data collection and evaluation, hosts guest speakers, organizes small group meetings and conferences, and manages the Chicago Harris Certificate in Survey Research. The Center works closely with other academic units in the University as well as with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC). The oldest university-based social research organization in the United States, NORC engages in research and data analysis in numerous public policy fields including health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment. 

In addition to being an intellectually vibrant area in social research methodology, survey research is a field that provides terrific professional opportunities for our students. Students earning the Certificate in Survey Research will be well positioned for careers in both the public and the private sectors. Furthermore, in combination with other certificates, such as the Certificate in Political Campaigns and the Certificate in Health Policy, it can give students a distinct advantage in certain job markets.

The Center’s Academic Director is Colm O'Muircheartaigh, professor in Chicago Harris, who served as dean of the Harris School from 2009 to 2014; he is also a senior fellow in NORC. Marc Farinella, former COO of Harris, lecturer and Harris Senior Fellow, serves as the Center's Executive Director.