NORC experts presented a workshop on the EPOP Survey at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) conference in November 2022. They introduced researchers to this robust and unique data source. Workshop topics included sample and study design, key concepts and measurement, and future data collection and release plans. The workshop especially focused on guidance for handling EPOP Survey data files to support research efforts.
NORC's initial research brief highlights the EPOP study's broad scope and detailed findings on entrepreneurship in the US. The EPOP survey captures the full range of business ownership experiences from start-up successes and challenges through business changes and closures. This research brief presents data on a variety of entrepreneurial categories--prospective business owners, gig workers, current or former freelancers, passive or withdrawn owners, and multiple others. By these specific categories, the brief offers insights on demographics, work status, motivations, business operations, financial support, and more.
On 10/27/22 the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation hosted a webinar “Data Dive: Year 1 Findings from the NORC Entrepreneurship in the Population Survey.”
The webinar focused on the EPOP Survey data release and initial findings from this new nationally representative survey. NORC experts discussed entrepreneurship measures useful to both researchers and policymakers. The Data Dive launched the conversation on using EPOP Survey data to gain a deeper understanding of the complex entrepreneurial pathways at national, state, and local levels.
The EPOP survey is a cross-sectional annual survey – nationally representative of adults residing in the U.S. – which measures the interest in, involvement with, and experiences with entrepreneurship across the population. Public Use data files and Restricted Use data files for Year 1 2022 are available.
EPOP is a five-year, cross-sectional, nationally representative survey which measures entrepreneurship status and activity in the US. From 2022 to 2026, NORC will collect 31,000 completed surveys per year. The results will support estimation by key demographic subgroups and by each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the 50 most populous metropolitan areas.