Request a Data Set
As part of our mission to advance the use of child health data, the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health offers enhanced analytical data sets based on NSCH and NS-CSHCN interview data files provided to the public by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
DRC Indicator Data Sets include all records and variables from the NCHS public use data files for the surveys. Additional content includes dozens of variables corresponding to measures of children's health status, health care quality and system perfomance featured in the DRC online data query. Also provided are variables used for DRC subpopulation comparisons and analyses by any state, District of Columbia or HRSA region. SPSS, SAS and STATA datasets are available, and variables are formatted and clearly labeled.
To request a data set from any NSCH or NS-CSHCN survey, please use our data set request form.
Once we receive your request, we will send you a Data Use Agreement. Usually we are able to process requests within 5 business days after receiving a completed Data Use Agreement form.
Frequenty Asked Questions about DRC Indicator Data Sets for the NSCH & NS-CSHCN
What is included in the NSCH Indicator data sets?
What is included in the NS-CSHCN Indicator data sets?
Do the data sets include local-level data?
How do I cite an Indicator data set from the Data Resource Center?
How are DRC Indicator data sets different from National Center for Health Statistics data files?
Where can I find out how derived variables in DRC data sets were conceptualized and constructed in SAS or SPSS?
Is there a charge for data sets provided by the DRC?
What can I expect when I request a DRC Indicator dataset?
What if I have additional questions?
What is included in the NSCH data sets? [return to top]
DRC Indicator Data Sets for the three National Surveys of Children's Health (2003, 2007 and 2011/12) include all content in the public use file plus dozens of Key Child Health Indicator variables. These measures were developed collaboratively by the Data Resource Center, National Center for Health Statistics, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and a national technical expert panel of child health researchers and policymakers. Also included in are indicators derived from survey content pertinent to Healthy People 2010 and key demographic variables, including CSHCN Screener results.
What is included in the NS-CSHCN Indicator data sets? [return to top]
The 2009/10, 2005/06 and 2001 NS-CSHCN Data Resource Center data sets include all content from public use versions of CSHCN Interview files with relevant demographic information added from the Screener and Household files. These data sets feature measures for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s six Core Outcomes for CSHCN, as well as key child health indicators from the National Chartbook for each survey.
Do the data sets include local-level data? [return to top]
DRC Indicator Data Sets provide state and national level data. Zip codes are collected by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), however, these data are not released in the public use data file due to confidentiality restrictions. It is possible to analyze these zip code data on site at the NCHS’ Research Data Center in Hyattsville, MD. Interested researchers must first submit a proposal to the Research Data Center. Go to www.cdc.gov/rdc for more information about the Research Data Center and the proposal process.
Synthetic estimates are also a way in which you can obtain local estimates using national data. A synthetic estimate is a prevalence estimate for a local area that is calculated by using descriptive or demographic data for local areas combined with state prevalence values. It is similar in concept to an indirect adjustment. A local estimate is most likely to differ from a state estimate if the demographic distribution at the local area differs from that of the state and the prevalence of the indicator varies by the same demographic factor. For more information on synthetic estimates, view our Local Uses of National and State Data Brief.
How do I cite an indicator dataset from the Data Resource Center? [return to top]
The DRC is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to create both the online data query tool, as well as a key indicator data set and codebook. When using any of the information found on the Data Resource Center website, indicator data set and/or codebook, please use the citation below to ensure our continued funding to provide these free resources:
Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative. [Insert name and year of survey] Enhanced Data File. Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. Retrieved [mm/dd/yy] from [website address].
How are DRC Indicator data sets different from National Center for Health Statistics data files? [return to top]
- The Data Resource Center Indicator data sets include additional derived variables not available in NCHS public use files for the NSCH and the NS-CSHCN
- The public use files from the National Center for Health Statistics are available in SAS format only
- Access to these data sets significantly reduces the time and knowledge required to construct key indicators and advances the standardized use of these indicators in research, education and policy
Where can I find out how derived variables in DRC data sets were conceptualized and constructed in SAS or SPSS? [return to top]
The DRC has published documentation for derived variables in DRC Indicator Data Sets and the DRC Online Data Queries in the form of SPSS and SAS codebooks. View and download codebooks.
Is there a charge for data sets provided by the DRC? [return to top]
The Data Resource Center Indicator data sets are offered at no cost to federal, state or local government agencies, academic and not-for-profit researchers, educators, students, advocates, and other not-for profit organizations. For others there may be a nominal fee. Users must sign a data use agreement prior to receiving a data set.
What can I expect when I request a DRC Indicator dataset? [return to top]
Once we have received a request form and signed Data Use Agreement from you, we will send you an e-mail with information on how to access your account and download a compressed folder containing the dataset and supplementary information. This process typically takes less than 5 business days. Using your assigned username and password, you will be able to download a zip file containing the dataset, codebook and other relevant documentation.
What if I have additional questions? [return to top]
If you have questions or need assistance, ask us a question, send us an email or call at 503-494-1930.