The Georgetown RDC is a joint project of the U.S. Census Bureau and the Massive Data Institute at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
The GURDC 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 supports Georgetown's commitment to world-class, 21st century research and scholarship. This partnership with the Census Bureau provides access to critical data that aids Georgetown faculty, graduate students, and other researchers in their studies of economic and workforce issues, health and health care, statistics and demographics.
Contacts: Amy O'Hara, Executive Director, GURDC.
Individuals wishing to conduct research at the Georgetown RDC must submit a research proposal to the Census Bureau’s Center for Enterprise Dissemination (CED). CED is currently accepting proposals from qualified researchers to access non-public data to conduct research that benefit Census Bureau programs. The GURDC also coordinates proposals for National Center for Health Statistics, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To develop a proposal, confer with the RDC administrator. Once approved, the research team must complete background investigations. Researchers should anticipate that these steps take months to complete.
At RDCs, qualified researchers with approved projects can access restricted-use microdata from a variety of statistical agencies to address important research questions.
Longitudinal Business Database (LBD)
Census of Manufactures (CMF)
Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM)
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)
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.