Terms of Use

The National Community Survey™ (The NCS™), The National Employee Survey™ (The NES™), The National Business Survey™ (The NBS™), The National Police Services Survey™ (The NPSS™), and The Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults™ (CASOA™) Terms of Use

As a Client of National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) using The NCS, The NBS, The NPSS, CASOA or The NES (the Survey Instruments), the Client recognizes that on all Materials and Survey Instruments, as defined herein, created by NRC prior to and after execution of these Terms of Use and used by the Client during the course of the project, NRC retains all rights of authorship and ownership of copyright. Client also acknowledges that NRC owns all data collected in connection with administration of any of NRC’s Survey Instruments (Survey Data).


In these Terms of Use, “Materials” means and includes: any and all work product, submittals, reports, plans, specifications, and other deliverables consisting of documents, writings, handwritings, typewriting, printing, photostatting, photographing, computer models, and any other computerized data and every other means of recording any form of information, communications, or representation, including letters, works, pictures, videos, drawings, sounds, or symbols, or any combination thereof. “Survey Data” means and includes any and all data collected in connection with administration of any of NRC’s Survey Instruments. “Survey Instruments” means The NCS, The NBS, CASOA, The NPSS or The NES.

One-Time License to Survey Instruments and Materials

Survey enrollment and payment includes a one-time use license to use the Survey Instruments and Materials for a period of one (1) year following administration of the Survey Instrument. Prior to the expiration of the one (1) year period, Client may re-enroll and submit payment for future use of the Survey Instruments and Materials. Once the limited license has expired, no part of the Survey Instruments and Materials may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of NRC, except where permitted by Fair Use, as defined in the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 107 or otherwise required by law. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Client’s right to use its own summaries and reports of the Survey Data does not expire.

Perpetual, Conditional License to Survey Data

The Client acknowledges that in exchange for its use of NRC’s proprietary questionnaires and reporting templates, NRC owns exclusive rights in all Survey Data. NRC grants Client a license to use and report Survey Data. The license to use and report Survey Data does not expire. Client’s license to use and report Survey Data does not include the right for Client or any other party to use Survey Data for direct or indirect current or potential financial gain.

As part of any publication, transmission or posting of Survey Data, except for exclusively internal use, Client must include the following statement acknowledging that NRC is the owner of the compilation of Survey Data and that Survey Data may not be used by any third party:

This compilation of survey data is owned by National Research Center, Inc. It may not be reproduced or retransmitted in any form without the expressed written consent of National Research Center, Inc. Requests for permission to reproduce or transmit these data should be mailed to Managing Director, NRC, 2955 Valmont Road, Suite 300, Boulder, Colorado 80301.

Privacy Statement

NRC will not sell or distribute the following information of clients or those who provide us information on our website, n-r-c.com:

  • Signatures
  • Contact information such as emails, phone numbers or addresses
  • Any other personal identifying information
  • Payment information

The Client acknowledges that it has read and understands the Terms of Use of NRC’s Survey Materials, Instruments and Data and agrees to be bound by them.