Celebrating 20 Years

Duke was the 5th to join the RDC network!

RDC Centers in the US, timeline, Duke was the 5th to join the RDC network in 1999

About the TRDC

External funding

Over $11.7 million in external funding
Over $11.7 million in external funding

Duke schools and departments supported

7 different Duke departments and schools
7 different Duke departments and schools

Today there are 29 RDC in regions like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and New York and universities like Berkeley, Cornell, Georgetown, Michigan, Minnesota, Stanford, UCLA, Yale, and others.

The FSRDC network supports 290 projects, over 1,000 researchers and a growing list of federal agencies.

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), RTI International (RTI) and the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers. 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.

The TRDC consists of one secure computer laboratory, located at Duke University and is one of more than almost thirty 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 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under agreement with those agencies. Applications to use BLS, NCHS, or AHRQ data in the lab are submitted directly to those agencies with an indication that the research will occur in the TRDC.

What is the Triangle Federal Statistical Research Data Center (TRDC)?

The TRDC is a partnership between Duke and the U.S. Government to provide regional research access to confidential health, demographic, and economic data collected by the U.S. government.

DatafilesOver 100 data-sets from the National Center For Health Statistics and Census Bureau

  • Some datasets are nearly 100 million observations in a single year
  • Research using NCHS data has grown dramatically and are now 50% of projects

Other agencies and private partnerships are starting to provide access to new data sets

  • Medicare/Medicaid, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Statistics of Income, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Departments of Transportation, Housing & Urban Development, and Agriculture.
  • UMetrics - Details from universities’ grants to measure economic benefits
  • Kaufman Foundation – Survey on entrepreneurs linked to business formations

What is the impact of the TRDC at Duke?

TRDC currently supported researchers (2019)

Currently supported: 28 Duke Researchers, 64 Triangle Researchers

TRDC currently supported projects (2019)

Currently supported: 15 Duke University projects, 34 Triangle Projects

TRDC supported PhD Thesis

716 PhD thesis at Duke (34 Triangle) plus training for an additional 65 students
16 PhD thesis at Duke (34 Triangle) plus training for an additional 65 students

Tyler Ransom The Triangle Research Data Center provided me multiple top-notch research opportunities while I was a graduate student and postdoctoral researcher at Duke. The RDC allowed me to access data for my research that would not have been available by any other means. This allowed me to answer research questions that would not have been answerable by anyone else.

- Tyler Ransom, Department of Economics, University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. Economics, Duke University, 2015


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