The TRDC is a partnership between the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau and Duke University, in cooperation with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), North Carolina State University (NCSU), and RTI International (RTI). Under this partnership, the Census Bureau allows researchers with approved proposals to perform statistical analysis on non-public microdata from the Census Bureau's economic and demographic censuses and surveys. Interested researchers are encouraged to contact the TRDC administrator (Bert Grider) or executive director (Gale Boyd) for more information.
The TRDC consists of two secure computer laboratories, one located in SSRI and the other at RTI, and is one of more than a dozen sites in an expanding network of Research Data Centers located around the U.S. A wide variety of research has been conducted across the RDC network. A unique proposal process exists for accessing non-public Census data in the TRDC.
In addition to hosting projects using Census data, the center also hosts projects using non-public data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under agreement with those agencies. Applications to use NCHS or AHRQ data in the lab are submitted directly to those agencies with an indication that the research will occur in the TRDC.
Faculty, students, and staff from Duke, RTI, UNC, or NCSU may use the TRDC without cost for their Census-approved research projects, making the TRDC is a unique opportunity for qualified researchers in the region. (Non-affiliated researchers may use the TRDC on a fee basis, and any researcher using NCHS and AHRQ data might be charged a data preparation fee by those agencies.) Any interested researcher should contact the RDC before beginning work on a proposal.
Gale A. Boyd