Prior to being granted access to confidential data files through the MiCDA Data Enclave, applicants are required to submit a research proposal containing the following information:
Portions of doctoral proposals or grant applications with appropriate modifications may suffice for the research proposal. Users may wish to contact Data Enclave staff while developing their research proposal. The completed proposal should be sent to the Data Enclave Administrator.
Researchers using the MiCDA Data Enclave will be charged for space and equipment rental, staff time necessary for user assistance, disclosure limitation review, maintenance of computer facilities (including both hardware and software) and the creation and maintenance of data files required by the researcher.
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The daily charges for each user category are given in the table above. Cost recovery charges reflect equipment purchase and maintenance charges, workspace, staff time for monitoring the Data Enclave, technical assistance, disclosure limitation review, and file management. An additional charge of $500 per day of staff effort will be levied for:
For further information, contact the Data Enclave Administrators.
Upon receipt of the Research Proposal package, the Data Confidentiality Committee Working Group (DCCWG) will meet to evaluate the proposal. The DCCWG consists of the Data Enclave Technical Manager, the Data Enclave Administrator and the MiCDA administrative representative. The DCCWG reviews each proposal to make certain that all items listed on the Application Checklist are present and complete. The DCCWG also reviews cost recovery details. Once a proposal is complete, it is forwarded to the MiCDA Data Confidentiality Committee for final approval or disapproval. The Data Confidentiality Committee reviews the proposal using the following criteria:
Users should note that approval of their application does not constitute endorsement by MiCDA of the substantive, methodological, theoretical, or policy relevance or merit of the proposed research. MiCDA approval only constitutes a judgement that this research proposal meets the criteria defined above.
The Confidentiality Agreement Restricting Disclosure and Use of Data from the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging Data Enclave must be signed by both the researcher and a representative of the MiCDA Data Enclave. Once the agreement has been executed, prospective users should contact the Data Enclave Administrator to schedule their visit. Users should review the agreement and make sure that they are aware of their responsibilities in using the Data Enclave.
User-supplied data must be reviewed by Data Enclave staff prior to the beginning of work. User data may be provided in a variety of formats: ASCII (delimited or fixed) SAS, Stata, and SPSS. Complete documentation is required and can be provided in machine-readable or printed form. Note that complex files requiring additional staff work will delay the user in beginning her/his research.
Once any user data file is linked to a restricted file, it becomes restricted itself and can only be removed from the Enclave network after it passes the disclosure review process.
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Last Change: October 3, 2011