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Research Analyst - Health Care Research

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NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Research Analyst to join the Health Care Research Department in our Bethesda, MD office. The successful candidate will join our team supporting a federal advisory committee (FAC) focused on alternative payment models and associated care delivery models. This role will help support task teams conduct policy analyses, including literature reviews and claims analysis related to alternative payment and care delivery mechanisms proposed by health care providers and other stakeholders.

The incumbent will support the team’s effort to develop material for, and facilitate expert discussions on these topics, and prepare summary documentation afterward. Additionally, the candidate must be able and prepared to work on site at Health and Human Services’ offices in Washington, DC, periodically as needed. Finally, the incumbent will help support internal and external communication for the committee by helping manage content on a public website and coordinate access to content on a dedicated Intranet/Extranet.

We anticipate that the Research Analyst will also participate, to some extent, in other project work within the Health Care Research Department. The Health Care Research team conducts work on a variety of health policy topics, including Medicare and Medicaid programs and evaluation, health care expenditures, quality and patient safety, access to health care and the uninsured, health information technology, and many other health services research and policy topics.


NORC’s expertise and ongoing work in health care delivery and financing — including access to insurance, payment and delivery-system reform, benefit design, and quality measurement — advance stakeholders’ understanding of policies and programs, facilitate implementation, and contribute to important improvements in cost and quality.

NORC’s expert staff has extensive knowledge of all aspects of health care delivery, from private marketplaces and employer-sponsored insurance to Medicare and Medicaid; from large health care systems to small clinics; and from the needs of children to those of older adults, people with disabilities, and ethnic and racial minorities. Our expert team includes social scientists who acquire, collect, and analyze data from health care organizations and patients; evaluators; health-services researchers; health-policy analysts; and professionals with first-hand experience running and supporting health care programs.

  • Provide general research support related to health care policy research
  • Conduct literature reviews, analysis of primary and secondary data and prepare memos, tables, and graphs based on findings under supervision of experienced professionals
  • Take notes at meetings and prepare initial draft of minutes and action items
  • Take notes at telephone/in-person interviews
  • Contribute to the development and compilation of meeting materials
  • Develop project materials, such as report outlines, visual exhibits for reports, and serve as an editor for deliverables
  • Update calendar items and client reports monthly, or more frequently, as needed
  • Assist with scheduling large group meetings, coordinate across multiple stakeholders, including client teams and colleagues
  • Support business development efforts through coordination of document preparation and reproduction
  • Under the direction of senior staff, support the development of new business by conducting background research on programs, award history, and agency goals and objectives
  • Work closely with team member(s) responsible for updating and maintaining project trackers and communication tools, as appropriate, including project plans and Intranet/Extranet site(s) and other software or website content
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Science or related field from accredited college or university. Training in public policy, psychology, sociology, qualitative and/or quantitative methods and analysis desired
  • At least 2 years of post-undergraduate research experience in public policy, social science, or related fields or other health care research and policy consulting firms;
  • Experience conducting environmental scan or systematic literature reviews on Medicare and alternative payment and care delivery models
  • Experience working with and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data; familiarity with statistical software, such as STATA, SAS, or R, a plus
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks of a varying nature simultaneously
  • Strong report writing skills
  • Detail-oriented and adaptable
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software
  • Must be able to work onsite at HHS offices in Washington, DC approximately 1-2 days per week
  • Must be based in our Bethesda office.

NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.


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