The GU RDC is a joint project of the U.S. Census Bureau and MDI that provides secure access to qualified researchers at Georgetown, and nearby universities, to examine a wide range of social and economic issues. The RDC at Georgetown is the first Census Research Data Center to open in Washington, D.C., and animates Georgetown to its commitment to world-class, 21st century research and scholarship. This partnership with the Census Bureau provides expanded and secure access to critical data that will aid Georgetown faculty, graduate students, and other researchers in their studies of critical issues in economics and workforce issues, health and health care, statistics and demographics.  

ContactsAmy O'Hara, Research Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy and Brad Jensen, McCrane/Shaker Chair in International Business, McDonough School of Business

Research Proposals

Individuals wishing to conduct research at the Georgetown RDC must submit a research proposal to the Center for Economic Studies (CES). CES is currently accepting proposals from qualified researchers to access nonpublic Census data to conduct research that benefit Census Bureau programs.

After you and the RDC administrator have developed your proposal, the proposal will be submitted to the CES for Census review. (Depending on the data sets requested, other agencies might also review the proposal.) Researchers on approved projects must also complete a background investigation. Researchers should anticipate that these steps might take months to complete.

Interested researchers should contact Brad Jensen ( at the Georgetown RDC to discuss the process and fee information.

Visit the Census Website for more information on proposals

Available Data 

At RDCs, qualified researchers with approved projects can access restricted-use microdata from a variety of statistical agencies to address important research questions. The RDCs house data from a number of federal and state agencies. 

  • Economic Census

  • Longitudinal Business Database (LBD)

  • Census of Manufactures (CMF)

  • Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM)

  • Decennial Census 

  • American Community Survey (ACS)

  • American Housing Survey (AHS)

  • Current Population Survey (CPS)

  • Employer Characteristics File (ECF)

  • Employment History Files (EHF)

  • Individual Characteristics File (ICF)

  • Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI)

  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey - Household Component (MEPS-HC)

  • National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

  • National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

  • National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)

Visit the Census website for more information on restricted data

Using RDC Data

Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (RDCs) are Census Bureau facilities, housed in partner institutions, that meet all physical and information security requirements for access to restricted–use micro data of the agencies whose data are accessed there.

All RDC researchers must obtain Census Bureau Special Sworn Status – passing a moderate risk background check and swearing to protect respondent confidentiality for life, facing significant financial and legal penalties under Title 13 U.S. Code and potentially Title 26 U.S. Code (depending on data sets requested) for failure to do so.