Colm O'Muircheartaigh's research encompasses survey sample design, measurement errors in surveys, cognitive aspects of question wording, and latent variable models for nonresponse. He is a senior fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, where he is responsible for the development of methodological innovations in sample design.
Prof. O'Muircheartaigh is co-principal investigator on the National Science Foundation's Center for Advancing Research and Communication in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and on the National Institute on Aging's National Social Life Health and Aging Project. He is a member of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies and of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee and serves on the board of Chapin Hall Center for Children.
At NORC, Prof. O'Muircheartaigh has played a major role in such pivotal projects as the National Social Life Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), the National Children's Study (NCS), and the General Social Survey (GSS), along with his innovative work building NORC's national sampling frame using the U.S. Postal Service list of addresses. He is one of the world's most forward-thinking statisticians, with special interests in survey research methodology, sample and questionnaire design and analysis, response and nonresponse error, and data quality.