About Us

WiscRDC is a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau, the Minnesota Research Data Center, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The effort to found a Research Data Center at UW-Madison was joined by faculty and other researchers from several Social Science departments and centers, the Wisconsin School of Business, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, and departments and centers in the School of Medicine and Public Health and in the School of Human Ecology.

This presentation by Prof. Brent Hueth from WiscRDC’s kickoff event summarizes some of the background to the Center’s founding as well as the standards and requirements for getting access to the RDC and preparing research proposals.

Governance

The executive director of WiscRDC is Jason Fletcher, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology. The WiscRDC’s Steering Committee includes Professors Russ Coff (Wisconsin School of Business), John Mullahy (Department of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health), and Tim Smeeding (LaFollette School of Public Affairs).

Every FSRDC is administered by a Census employee who is responsible for the physical facility and for conferring with current and prospective researchers.  All proposals for use of FSRDC data should begin with an orientation meeting with the WiscRDC administrator and should be informed by the administrator’s advice all along the way to submission.

Please contact the WiscRDC administrator, Robert Thomas, with any questions.

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