Michigan Census Research Data Center (MCRDC) (ICPSR 25122) RSS

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Summary:

The Michigan Census Research Data Center (MCRDC) enables qualified researchers with projects approved by the United States Census Bureau to conduct research using unpublished data from the Census Bureau's economic and demographic programs and unpublished data from the National Center for Health Statistics. All MCRDC research is conducted within its secure laboratory facility located in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This controlled environment ensures that the Census Bureau's standard for securing the confidentiality of data by its census and survey respondents is rigorously maintained. More detailed information about datasets available at the MCRDC and guidelines for writing successful proposals can be found on the MCRDC Web site at the link listed below.

ICPSR Member Access to Unpublished Census Datasets at the MCRDC

To benefit its members, ICPSR has purchased a "seat" in the Michigan Census Research Data Center (MCRDC). Researchers from ICPSR member institutions may apply to use the seat without paying the customary MCRDC laboratory fees of $15,000 per year. The MCRDC enables qualified researchers with projects approved by the U.S. Census Bureau to conduct research using unpublished data from the Census Bureau's economic and demographic programs and unpublished data from the National Center for Health Statistics. All MCRDC research is conducted within its secure laboratory facility located in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Researchers are invited to submit proposals to use the MCRDC. Researchers with projects in the MCRDC must have special sworn status with the Census Bureau. The MCRDC assists researchers in preparing proposals and in obtaining this status.

To apply to use the ICPSR-supported seat, researchers should submit a copy of their MCRDC research proposal, together with a brief letter requesting use of the ICPSR seat, to Peter Granda, ICPSR Assistant Director of Collection Development, at least one week before submission of a proposal to the U.S. Census Bureau. All researchers are also encouraged to apply for grant funding from their universities and outside funders to support their use of the MCRDC. Note that ICPSR's role in the application process is only to determine access to the ICPSR seat. The MCRDC, the U.S. Census Bureau and other data providers undertake proposal review and determination of data access. For more information about ICPSR support for research at the MDRDC, contact Peter Granda (peterg@umich.edu).

More detailed information about datasets available at the MCRDC and tips on writing successful proposals can be found on the MCRDC Web site. To contact staff at the center, send e-mail to mcrdc@umich.edu.

More detailed descriptions of each of these data sets are available from the MCRDC Web site's data section.

Please refer to the MCRDC and the Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies (CES) Web pages for information about the proposal process and available datasets.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly (via Michigan Census Research Data Center) for details on obtaining the data and documentation.

Study Description

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   census data, censuses

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Data Collection Notes:

ICPSR has purchased a "seat" in the MCRDC. Researchers from ICPSR member institutions may apply to use the seat without paying the customary MCRDC laboratory fee. Further details on submitting a request to use the ICPSR seat can be found on in the detailed description of MCRDC.

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