New Data Linking Research Spending, Employment, and Businesses

In collaboration with the Institute for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) at the University of Michigan, the Census Bureau is proud to announce the release of a new data source into the FSRDCs.  The data, Universities: Measuring the Impacts of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Science (UMETRICS) contains transaction-level data on research grants, employees paid by grants, and businesses paid by grants at 19 universities between 2001 and 2016.  This unique data source enables researchers to answer questions on the effectiveness and impact of science funding on innovation and productivity, as well as the career outcomes and trajectories of those receiving training on grants. Through linkages to Census data products, the UMETRICS database provides demographic and employment information for over 200,000 research-trained individuals and over 100,000 U.S. businesses that benefitted from funding of university research.

Prof. Burns has a new AHRQ project

We are happy to announce that Marguerite Burns from Population Health Sciences has a new project entitled:

Public Health Insurance, Health Status, and Retirement Decisions.

This study examines the effects of an interaction between two public programs, Medicaid and Social Security, on retirement and employment decisions among older adults. The research question is the following: What are the effects of Medicaid expansions from 1996 – 2014 for non-elderly adults on retirement decisions, retirement income, and Social Security claiming?

New Researchers

This summer the WiscRDC welcomes two new researchers have moved to
UW-Madison with existing RDC projects.

Leslie Hodges recently finished a PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and she has moved to UW Madison to pursue a post doc at the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP). Her RDC project is called “Occupational Variation in Health Care Coverage”.

Naoki Aizawa was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Minnesota, and he has moved to UW Madison Economics Department.  His project is called “Health Care Reform and Labor Market State by State Analyses”.

June 8th: Webinar “UMETRICS Data in the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC)

Hello! Please join us for a webinar entitled, “UMETRICS Data in the
Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC),” presented by the
U.S. Census Bureau and the Institute for Research on Innovation and
Science (IRIS) on June 8, 2017, 12-1 pm EDT. Presenters are Sudip
Bhattacharjee (Chief, Center for Big Data Research and Applications,
U.S. Census Bureau), Barbara Downs (Director, Federal Statistical
Research Data Centers, U.S. Census Bureau), and Jason Owen-Smith
(Executive Director, IRIS).

An important project that is part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s
Innovation Measurement Initiative is the work of linking UMETRICS data
to core Census assets. The UMETRICS dataset (Universities: Measuring
the Impacts of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science)
was created out of early efforts to document economic stimulus and is
housed at IRIS at the University of Michigan. The UMETRICS dataset
includes transactional administrative data from HR, procurement, and
sponsored research systems, highlighting the people paid and purchases
made on research grants from 19 universities.

These linked data are now available for research in the FSRDC.
UMETRICS data without Census linkages can be accessed through a
virtual data enclave maintained by IRIS. Generous support from the
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will allow IRIS to make small research
grants for early and mid-career researchers including doctoral
students and postdocs who pursue projects using these data. Contact
IRIS for more information at 734-615-0015.

This webinar is to highlight the work of the Big Data Center and the
Innovation Measurement Initiative at Census, provide a detailed
description of the dataset itself, give potential researchers
information about how to access the data, and address questions raised
by participants.

How to access the webinar:

To view slides, we recommend connecting via computer or mobile phone.
Blue Jeans Network – Interoperable, Cloud-based, Affordable Video Conferencing Service

Just want to dial in?

1.) Dial:


2.) Enter the Meeting ID: 674733673

The webinar will be recorded and will be available on the IRIS YouTube
channel. An additional webinar is scheduled for June 29, 2017, 12-1 pm
with the same BlueJeans login details.

We hope you are able to join us to learn how to access and use this
important resource to better understand the economic and social
impacts of research.

For questions, please contact Nancy Calvin-Naylor, IRIS Managing
Director, at 734-615-7464 or

June 5th: Summer DemSem with John Abowd, Ted Mouw, Jack DeWaard and others

Summer DemSem 2017 


June 5th 9:00 – 3:00 Social Sciences 8417

Keynote addresses by:

—–John Abowd Cornell University Associate Director and Chief Scientist Research & Methodology, Census Bureau 9:00-10:30

—–Ted Mouw University of North Carolina 10:30-11:30

—-Additional speakers include: Tim Smeeding, Chenoa Allen, Jason Fletcher, Jack DeWaard Lunch served! Please RSVP to

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June 16th: RDC Annual Conference – Call for Papers


UCLA, September 14 2017

The California Census Research Data Center (CCRDC) at University of California Los Angeles invites proposals to present papers and posters at the 2017 Federal Statistical Research Data Center Annual Conference. We also will consider proposals for workshops and panel discussions.

The conference will be a day of concurrent paper and poster sessions and a keynote presentation. Sessions will be based on current or recent research using data from the nationwide network of RDCs. Anticipated themes include, but are not limited to, research topics from the fields of economics, business and management, demography, and health and developments in data sets. Papers and posters involve statistical analyses on nonpublic versions of data sets available from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and other federal statistical agencies.

Deadline for Submission: JUNE 16th 2017

Notices  of acceptance to be sent by Friday July 15.
Preliminary program to be posted by Friday July 29.

Please submit an extended abstract or a paper in PDF format by clicking the following link : CCRDC UCLA Submission (or going to the URL: The paper or abstract should describe your research question(s), the data used (including sponsoring agency), methodology, and summary of results. Results can be anticipated or preliminary if they are not yet finalized (do not submit undisclosed results). The abstract should include a presentation title and a list of all authors and their affiliations. Also provide the email address and phone number for the contact author.  For questions about the conference, please see For any remaining questions contact the CCRDC director Till von Wachter

John Abowd to visit for June 5th symposium.

The Sociology Department will host a symposium on June 5th to discuss research opportunities in the RDC.  This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about Census, NCHS, AHRQ, and BLS data opportunities.

John Abowd will be visiting along with a number of yet to be confirmed guests.  Abowd is an economist at Cornell University and is also Associate Director for Research and Methodology and Chief Scientist at the Census Bureau.

Visit from Amy O’Hara

Amy O’Hara from the Census Bureau visited on December 6th.  She met with faculty and grad students and presented a talk at CDE entitled:  Research Opportunities Using Linked Federal and State Data at the Census Bureau.

Amy directs the main division of the Census Bureau that administers and matches surveys  and  administrative  data  sources .  Her  expertise  includes  the  use  of  administrative records data for social science and program evaluation research, evaluation of linked data quality,  and  approaches  to historical  person – matching. She  has  published  on  the  EITC, uses  of  ACS  data,  uses  of  linked  Census  data,  tax  imputation  in  the  CPS,  among  many other  subjects. Dr.  O’Hara’s  division  oversees  the  Core  Longitudinal  Infrastructure Population Project (CLIPP) , which has several sub-projects that a use administrative data linked to historical population change, see

NEW DATA: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Beginning October 1, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will be piloting a program that gives qualified researchers access to National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (NLSY) and Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) restricted data at Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs).   More Information on this BLS program is available here.  Researchers are encouraged to apply for access as early as possible and to discuss projects with the appropriate BLS contacts prior to submitting an application. Please contact BLS if you have questions about the application process.



WiscRDC welcomes a new researcher and a new project


The Restricted Data Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is happy to announce that Chenoa Allen has a new NCHS approved project entitled:

Estimating the effects of Arizona-style omnibus immigration policies on Latino children’s health, access to health care, and program participation.

Chenoa Allen received her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2016. Currently she holds the Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Disparities Research Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Here is her project profile:

What is the broad, overarching research agenda that brought you to the WiscRDC?

My research focuses on how state and local immigration-related policies affect the well-being of children in immigrant families.

 What are the specific questions that you are using to pursue this agenda?  What do you hope to accomplish?   

Between 2006—2011, 10 states passed omnibus immigration-related laws that substantially restricted rights for undocumented immigrants. Researchers suggested these laws reduced access to healthcare among US citizen Latino children, but preliminary studies were not methodologically rigorous. For this project, I use NHIS data to examine how state omnibus immigration laws affect health, health care access, and uptake of means-tested benefits for Latino children in immigrant families. So far, through analyses conducted previously at the NCHS RDC in Atlanta, I have shown that passage of an omnibus policy did not restrict children’s enrollment in public insurance (Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)). My next analyses will examine the impact of these laws on uptake of other means-tested benefits,  such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families,  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) , and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

What are the data you are using to pursue these questions? 

I am using National Health Interview Survey data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is the principal source of information on the health of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States and is one of the major data collection programs of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The National Health Survey Act of 1956 provided for a continuing survey and special studies to secure accurate and current statistical information on the amount, distribution, and effects of illness and disability in the United States and the services rendered for or because of such conditions. The survey referred to in the Act, now called the National Health Interview Survey, was initiated in July 1957. Since 1960, the survey has been conducted by NCHS, which was formed when the National Health Survey and the National Vital Statistics Division were combined.

Are you collaborating with any other researchers, in Madison, or otherwise? 

I am collaborating with Deb Ehrenthal and Jenna Nobles here at UW-Madison, and with Clea McNeely and Donald Bruce at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.