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The Proposal Process

To access restricted data through the RDC, you need to submit a proposal. The proposal serves four main purposes:

  1. To make sure that researchers have a defined research question that addresses a public health concern.
  2. To determine what restricted variables are needed to complete the project.
  3. To assess disclosure risk based on the types of output and requested restricted variables.
  4. To determine the mode of access and the required software.

Step 1: Determine a need for restricted data. Restricted Data

Step 2: Determine the best mode of access. Mode of Access

Step 3: Step 3: Develop your research proposal.

Please use the resources below to help draft your proposal.

Proposal Format - PDF Version [PDF - 105 KB] Word Version [DOC - 36 KB]

Sample Proposal [PDF - 393 KB]

Creating the Data Dictionary

RDC-Student-Advisor Agreement [PDF - 71 KB]

Step 4: Submit your proposal for review. All proposals should follow the Proposal Format, include page numbers, and be emailed as one document to Peter Meyer, RDC Director at rdca@cdc.gov . If you have any questions, please contact us anytime.

Step 5: Wait for comments from the review committee and respond quickly to expedite review. Review Committee

Step 6: Update your proposal when there are changes. Amendment Procedures

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