The Center for Economic Studies (CES) of the U.S. Census Bureau provides the official proposal guidelines for all RDCs.
Preliminary proposals must be submitted to the RDC administrator at least one month before the final submission deadline. Researchers also need to set up an account on the CES web site.
Before writing a proposal, researchers are strongly encouraged to contact the Chicago RDC Administrator. Given the restricted nature of the data, the proposal must address the risks of disclosing confidential information as well as how the project will benefit the Census Bureau's data collection programs. These issues may be unfamiliar to researchers who have not already conducted research at a Census RDC. The staff can assist researchers in preparing proposals that will adequately address these issues.
The entire process takes approximately 6-12 months.
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