AmeriSpeak is NORC at the University of Chicago’s Panel-Based Research Platform


Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS)

Led by principal investigators James Druckman of Northwestern University and Jeremy Freese of Stanford University, this program offers academic researchers the ability to design and field experiments using the AmeriSpeak Panel with grant funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). TESS reviews applications on a rolling basis and selects the most innovative and salient experiment ideas for implementation. The TESS team, the successful applicants and the AmeriSpeak team collaborate to field the studies. Following a one-year embargo during which the study PI has unique access to the study results, TESS makes the results available to the public via its website, creating a rich database of experimental data from which future research can benefit. Since 2016, NORC’s AmeriSpeak team has fielded over 60 TESS studies, and another 150+ are planned over the next several years. TESS recently received renewed funding from the National Science Foundation, with NORC’s AmeriSpeak again the survey platform selected by the TESS principal investigators. The renewed funding is for three years (2021 to 2024).