The Georgetown RDC provides secure access to qualified researchers examining a wide range of social and economic issues. The Georgetown RDC is located on main campus in Healy Hall G-05.

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.

For more information, please visit https://www.census.gov/ces/.

Interested researchers should contact Brad Jensen (jbj24@georgetown.edu) at the Georgetown RDC to discuss the process and fee information.

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)

For more information on available data, please visit the Census Bureau's website at: <https://www.census.gov/ces/dataproducts/restricted_data.html>

Security

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.

About the Massive Data Institute

The Massive Data Institute at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of high-dimensional data to answer public policy questions. The MDI uses data from novel, often real-time sources like the Internet, social media, sensors and other big data sources ​to increase our understanding of society and human behavior, and thus improve public policy decision-making.​ ​The MDI regularly awards seed grants, houses postdoctoral fellows, and hosts faculty seminars on public policy and massive data.