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Exploring Poverty and Resilience

NORC is enabling deeper scholarship based on its Making Connections survey data

Making Connections is an initiative funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and is designed to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and their families in 10 poor urban communities. As part of the initiative, NORC conducted a household survey. Data were gathered in three waves: a baseline survey conducted between 2002 and 2004 and two subsequent waves conducted at three-year intervals.

Response rates for the neighborhood samples in Wave 1 ranged from 63 to 78%, in Wave 2 from 74 to 83%, and in Wave 3 from 77 to 87%.

The survey data have since been used by community development and neighborhood groups as well as state and federal officials and a wide range of scholars with an interest in issues related to poverty and family well-being. In 2017, with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Emerging Scholars Initiative, NORC selected three scholars of color to receive $10,000 awards that will allow them to pursue research in low-income families, their children and communities using data from the Making Connections survey.