News & Announcements

MnRDC Newsletter | SPRING 2021

Data Announcements

COVID Pulse Surveys
In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Census Bureau initiated a data collection effort to measure temporal social and economic trends in the nation’s households and small businesses. The Small Business Pulse and Household Surveys are now available in the FSRDCs. The Small Business data can be linked to other establishment-level datasets, and the household data can be linked to other individual-level datasets. (In Census jargon, the household Pulse survey data has PIKs and can be linked to other PIKed data.)

Criminal Justice Administrative Records System (CJARS)
The Criminal Justice Administrative Records System (CJARS) is a nationally integrated repository of data following individuals through the criminal justice system, developed by a team at the University of Michigan. These data will be coming soon to FSRDCs. Learn more about this resource at an upcoming webinar (presented twice to accommodate schedules):

  • CJARS Webinar: March 5 at 3 pm or March 9 at 11:30. Presented by the University of Michigan and the Census Bureau. Information about the session and how to register can be found here. Please share this information with other scholars who might be interested. 

General Announcements

FSRDC Presentation Series
The FSRDC network is excited to launch a virtual Presentation Series to showcase research completed across the FSRDC network. The first presentation is expected to take place in March. More information will be available in the coming weeks. If you are interested in sharing your research completed in the FSRDCs contact Rachelle Hill. We will share the schedule when available. 

COVID-19 Operations
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau expanded a pilot project for virtual access to the FSRDC. Researchers using some Census Bureau datasets are now eligible for virtual access. We also reopened the physical FSRDC in July for those projects that do not qualify for virtual access. If you would like to learn more about in-person access or if your project is eligible for the Virtual RDC pilot, please contact us. 

Proposal development and webinars
Do you have an idea for a research project that you’d like to work on? Feel free to contact Rachelle Hill directly to discuss possible research, including those that address COVID-related research questions. We are also available for webinar presentations to departments, describing data resources and the application process. We can tailor these presentations to the audience, and these can be 15 to 45 minutes long. Let us know if you have a seminar, grad training event or other venue to talk about the FSRDC. 

Opportunity to Co-Sponsor Seminar Talks
We know that some departments are proceeding with plans for seminars this year, even if they are virtual. We’re happy to co-sponsor events that bring FSRDC scholars to your department to talk about research produced within the FSRDC network. Funds are available to help defray any travel costs (when we’re doing that again).

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MnRDC User News

Upcoming Holidays and Events

4/5-4/9 – Rachelle on vacation
5/31 – Federal Holiday

As a federal facility, the RDC is not supported on federal holidays. Additional information regarding coverage on days that I am out of the office will be sent closer to the dates listed above.

Mnrdc contact information

Questions on any of the resources above, please contact us. 
Rachelle Hill, Administrator ([email protected])
Cathy Fitch, Executive Director ([email protected])

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