Preparing for Proposal Submission

The Proposal Process outlined below provides the primary steps that lead to the NCHS Review Committee decision for proposal approval.

To access restricted-use data through the RDC, you must submit a proposal. The NCHS Review Committee will review your proposal using the following criteria:

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

The RDC does not review the proposal for scientific merit.

Once the RDC receives your proposal, the RDC Director will assign an RDC Analyst to work with you. The RDC Analyst is your primary contact for the duration of your project. At any time, if you have questions, please contact your RDC Analyst.

Your RDC Analyst will help you with the follow:

  • Facilitates review of your proposal
  • Creates your analytic data set
  • Accepts payment
  • Accepts your NCHS Confidentiality required paperwork
  • Provides your dataset to the RDC location described in your proposal
  • Reviews your output for disclosure risk
  • Provides your approved output to you

The Proposal Process

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

       Step 2: Determine a preferred location of access. Location 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 NCHS  Review Committee and respond quickly to expedite any proposal revisions. Review Committee

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


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