Preparing for Proposal Submission

The Proposal Process outlines the primary steps leading up to the review committee decision. To access restricted data through the RDC, you must submit a proposal. We will assess your proposal using the following criteria:

  1. A well-defined research question that addresses a public health concern.
  2. Explanation of what restricted variables are needed to complete the project and why.
  3. The disclosure risk associated with:
  • the requested restricted variables
  • the requested mode of access
  • analytic plan (this includes statistical methods)

On receipt of your proposal, the RDC Director assigns an RDC Analyst. The RDC Analyst is your primary contact for your time in the RDC. At any time, if you have questions, please contact your RDC Analyst.

NCHS RDC Analyst

  • Facilitates review of your proposal
  • Creates your analytic data set
  • Accepts payment
  • Accepts your NCHS Confidentiality requirements
  • Transfers your dataset to Census
  • Reviews your output for disclosure risk

The Proposal Process

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

       Step 2: Determine a preferred mode of access. Mode of Access

       Step 3: Draft your research proposal. The Proposal

       Step 4: Submit your proposal (using the Proposal Format, include page numbers) as one document to 

      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