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At Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs), qualified researchers can access restricted-use microdata from a variety of statistical agencies to address important research questions.

Federal and state statistical agencies collaborate with the Census Bureau to provide microdata to approved researchers in the secure FSRDC environment. The agencies listed on this page contribute data directly to the FSRDCs.

The application process for access to data in the FSRDCs is evolving. The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 calls for a standard application process for requesting access to federal statistical microdata for research purposes. On December 17, 2019, the ResearchDataGov portal was opened. ResearchDataGov provided a single portal for researchers to request access to FSRDC agencies’ restricted-use microdata. ResearchDataGov routed requests to the appropriate data-sponsoring agency for further proposal development and consideration under agency-specific review processes.

On January 25, 2022, ResearchDataGov was temporarily decommissioned. A new online Standard Application Process (SAP) is under development for access to all federal statistical agency restricted-use microdata. The Metadata Repository portion of the new SAP became available on February 28, 2022 to provide prospective researchers comprehensive metadata about federal statistical agencies’ restricted-use microdata and can be found at ResearchDataGov. Later in 2022, the complete SAP will become available for researchers to submit applications for access to federal statistical agencies’ restricted-use microdata. Until the full SAP is available, explore the links below to learn more about the data each agency makes available, approval processes, and applicable fees charged by each agency to access their data.
 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

AHRQ's priority areas of focus are: (1) Improve health care quality by accelerating implementation of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). (2) Make health care safer. (3) Increase accessibility to health care. (4) Improve health care affordability, efficiency, and cost transparency.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis is the world’s trusted, impartial source of comprehensive data about the U.S. economy. BEA’s economic statistics, free and accessible to all, inform decision making by businesses, entrepreneurs, households, and governments. Our mission is to promote a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing timely, relevant, and accurate economic data in an objective and cost-effective manner.

As part of BEA’s work producing international trade and investment statistics, BEA collects company data that must be kept confidential by law. Specifically, BEA collects company data about foreign direct investment, the activities of multinational enterprises, and international trade in services. BEA recognizes a public interest in research using the company data we collect. Outside researchers who are U.S. citizens can apply to use BEA’s company data for analytical and statistical purposes under strict guidelines to ensure confidentiality.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

BLS data must satisfy a number of criteria, including relevance to current social and economic issues, timeliness in reflecting today’s rapidly changing economic conditions, accuracy and consistently high statistical quality, and impartiality in both subject matter and presentation.

Census Bureau

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The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided in this mission by scientific objectivity, our strong and capable workforce, our devotion to research-based innovation, and our abiding commitment to our customers. Our researchers explore innovative ways to conduct surveys, increase respondent participation, reduce costs, and improve accuracy.

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 microdata 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. These analyses can also help address important policy questions without the need for additional, expensive and burdensome data collections.

National Center for Health Statistics

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The mission of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant, and timely data.

Collaborating with other public and private health partners, NCHS employs a variety of data collection mechanisms to obtain accurate information from multiple sources. This process provides a broad perspective to help us understand the population’s health, influences on its health, and health outcomes. We collect data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical examinations and laboratory testing.

NCHS conducts a myriad of data dissemination activities, including its Research Data Center (RDC). The RDC provides secure access to a full range of data at a greater level of detail than is released to the public.

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

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The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) is the nation's leading provider of statistical data on the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. As one of 13 federal statistical agencies, NCSES designs, supports, and directs periodic national surveys and performs a variety of other data collections and research.

NCSES’s mission is to collect data related to research and development (R&D); the science and engineering (S&E) workforce; U.S. competitiveness in S&E, technology, and R&D; and the condition and progress of STEM education in the United States.

As part of its mandate to provide information useful to practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and the public, NCSES prepares about 30 reports a year, including Science and Engineering Indicators for the National Science Board and Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering.

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