RDCs facilitate and support microdata research that
Encourages knowledgeable researchers to become familiar with Census Bureau data products and collection methods in order to improve their utility and quality
Creates new products that increase the value of data that has already been collected
Addresses important policy questions without the need for additional data collections
RDC research is critical to the Census Bureau
One way for the Census Bureau to check the quality of the data it collects, edits, and tabulates is to make its microdata records available in a controlled, secure environment to sophisticated users who, by employing the micro records in the course of rigorous analysis, will uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the micro records.
Each set of observations is the result of many decision rules covering definitions, classifications, coding procedures, processing rules, editing rules, disclosure rules, and so on. The validity and consequences of all these decision rules only become evident when the Census Bureau's micro databases are tested in the course of analysis.
What are Federal Statistical Research Data Centers?
Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (RDCs) are U.S. Census Bureau facilities, staffed by a Census Bureau employee,
which meet all physical and computer security requirements for access to restricted–use data. At RDCs, qualified researchers with approved projects receive
restricted access to select non–public statistical system data.
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