is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with
the Census Bureau
to make AHRQ’s restricted MEPS data available to qualified
researchers through the Census Research Data Center (RDC) network.
The RDC network currently consists of nine regional data centers
in New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland,
California, and Massachusetts. For more information on the
Census Bureau Research Data
Researchers wanting to use a Census Bureau RDC location for their project will then be subject to the Census RDC proposal process, but will not have to meet Census Bureau standards, just AHRQ standards. Census will start accepting proposals using AHRQ restricted data beginning July 1, 2007. The standard AHRQ Data Center fee will be waived but standard Census RDC access charges, if any, will apply.
All researchers wanting to use a Census Bureau RDC will need
to become Special Sworn Status (SSS) employees of the Census
Bureau—in case of incidental access to confidential Census
Bureau or Internal Revenue Service data while in an RDC—and
will also be required to become National Center for Health Statistics
agents (as AHRQ data is based on the National Health Interview
Survey) and to take the appropriate training for both roles.
Researchers currently using the Rockville, Maryland AHRQ Data
Center will be able to
transfer their research to a Census RDC site once they become
SSS employees. Contact the appropriate Census RDC administrator
for more information on the SSS process.