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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 childhealthdata.org

If you would like to refer peers to download their own data sets, you can do so here: https://www.childhealthdata.org/dataset.

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.

DRC Resource Instructions Download the resource
2019 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Dataset Instructions
2018-2019 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Dataset Instructions
2018 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Dataset Instructions
2017-2018 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Dataset Instructions
2017 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Dataset Instructions
2016-2017 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Dataset Instructions
2016 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Dataset Instructions
2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Dataset Instructions
2007 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Dataset Instructions
03 & 07 Merged National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Dataset Instructions
2003 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) Dataset Instructions
2009/10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) Dataset Instructions
2005/06 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) Dataset Instructions
2001 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) Dataset Instructions