Computing Support

New York Federal Statistical Research Data Center (NYRDC)

The New York Federal Statistical Research Data Center (NYRDC) operates three secure facilities that provide researchers with the opportunity to engage in approved projects that use the restricted-access microdata collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). NYRDC facilities are located at Baruch College, Cornell University, and Yale University.

The NYRDC Consortium consists of twelve prominent social science research organizations: Baruch College, The City University of New York, Columbia University, Cornell University, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The National Bureau of Economic Research, New York University, Princeton University, The Russell Sage Foundation, the University at Albany of the State University of New York, Syracuse University, and Yale University. The NYRDC also received generous support from the National Science Foundation (grant SEC-0322902 and grant ITR-0427889) to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Membership in the NYRDC Consortium covers access fees for faculty members, graduate students, and researchers affiliated with member institutions. It is also possible to access the NYRDC on a per-project basis. The NYRDC provides a brochure on their services here.

All research proposals must undergo a rigorous and extensive review process before they can be carried out at an RDC. Researchers must be able to demonstrate that projects using Census data benefit the Census Bureau, meet standards of scientific merit and feasibility, and satisfy stringent and confidentiality requirements. Proposals requesting NCHS and AHRQ data must meet criteria outlined by those agencies.

For inquiries regarding access or information about the facilities please contact Diane Gibson, Associate Professor and Executive Director, at Diane.Gibson@baruch.cuny.edu.

More information about Census data available through the RDCs and the proposal process for using restricted-access Census data can be found at the website of the Center for Economic Studies (http://www.census.gov/ces/). More information about NCHS and AHRQ data available through the RDCs and the proposal process for using these data can be found at the NCHS RDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs) and the AHRQ RDC web site (http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/onsite_datacenter.jsp)

All research proposals must undergo a rigorous and extensive review process before they can be carried out at an RDC. Researchers must be able to demonstrate that projects using Census data benefit the Census Bureau, meet standards of scientific merit and feasibility, and satisfy stringent and confidentiality requirements. Proposals requesting NCHS and AHRQ data must meet criteria outlined by those agencies.

Available Data

For examples of research questions that can be answered with the data, see the NYRDC PowerPoint presentation here.

Using NYRDC Laboratories

To perform research within the NYRDC requires the development and approval of a proposal. Proposal guidelines for Census RDC data projects can be found at the Center for Economic Studies web page. It is important to contact either the Baruch NYCRDC Administrator or Cornell NYCRDC Administrator early about your prospective project to help you navigate the process and answer your questions. The CES research proposal process outlines the steps to get started. Final proposals may be submitted on a rolling basis through the CES web page in PDF form, and are subsequently reviewed by both members of the academic community and government researchers before a final decision by the Census Bureau. For more proposal guidelines information click here.

For further information regarding the facility, fees, and project approval please select one of the links below: 

Facility Information |  Funding and Fees |  Approved Projects |  Project Completion