Data Set Downloads
All DRC data sets and accompanying documents have been included on this
webpage for your download.
To begin using the data set, follow these steps:
1. Click to download the folder in the format of your choice.
2. Save the compressed folder to a local computer.
3. Open the compressed folder and extract the data set and other materials
before attempting to open the data set with statistical software.
4. Review information about the NSCH and the
accompanying codebook and other documents prior to conducting your
analysis. The Census Bureau has further
documentation on methodology, here.
When using the Indicator Data Set created by the CAHMI DRC, please be
sure to use the following citation in any publication, report or
peer-reviewed journal article:
Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) ([Year]). [Year] National Survey of Children's Health, [(SAS/SPSS/Stata)] Indicator Data
Set. Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health supported by
Cooperative Agreement U59MC27866 from the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Retrieved [mm/dd/yy] from
If you would like to refer peers to download their own data sets, you can do so here:
Codebooks associated with each data set are available on the DRC NSCH Codebook page.
We encourage you to keep us informed about your publications and
presentations based on these data. To facilitate that, the CAHMI will be
contacting you in a few months. Since the main mission of the Data Resource
Center is to facilitate dissemination and utilization of the results of the
National Surveys, we are always delighted to be able to identify real-life
examples of how planners, grant writers, researchers, and child health
policy advocates are using survey results to promote better health and
improve access to and quality of children’s health care services.
Please note that due to changes in the NSCH’s mode of data collection and sampling frame, as well as adjustments to item wording where necessary, MCHB alerts data users that it is not possible to compare estimates from the 2016 redesigned survey to those from previous iterations of the NSCH or NS-CSHCN, or to conduct any type of trend analyses. The redesigned NSCH will support trend analyses beginning with data from 2016 and moving forward.