The dataset I wish to analyze is restricted. What do I have to do to get the data?

In general, information on how to obtain the data can be found on the study home page. At the top of the page under "Access Notes" there will be a note that will direct you to our online data access request system, or will point you to a PDF file that explains the steps you need to take to obtain the data.

Before you begin filling out the paperwork, you should know the following:

  • Restricted data is generally only made available to PhD-level researchers and their staff; it is not appropriate for undergrad-level projects or class projects.

  • The review process can take as little as a few days or as much as 4-6 weeks.

  • You'll need to fill out paperwork describing your project and how you'll protect the data. This may include providing technical specifications on the security of your work environment.

  • You will need to get approval from the Institutional Review Board on your campus.

ICPSR does not discourage the use of restricted data. In fact, we've put a lot of effort into building systems that make this data available to our users. We are, however, very serious about protecting respondent confidentiality and ensuring that sensitive data is used appropriately.

You can find a video tutorial addressing this topic on the ICPSR YouTube channel.