Providing Secure Access to Restricted Data on Aging

About the MiCDA Enclave

MiCDA supports a Virtual Data Enclave (VDE) to provide approved users with remote access to restricted data on the demography of aging. The term “restricted data” refers to data products that cannot be distributed to the general public because of respondent privacy or confidentiality concerns. As detailed below, four groups of users are currently eligible to apply.

See list of publications resulting from enclave-based analysis.

Applying for Access

Health and Retirement Study (HRS) users

Apply through HRS


Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) users conducting aging research

Apply through PSID


National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) users

Apply through NHATS


MiCDA affiliates conducting aging research with other data resources

Apply for access here


Geographic Linkages Repository

MiCDA is partnering with the Health and Retirement Study, Panel Study of Income Dynamics and National Health and Aging Trends Study to make contextual files and related documentation available upon request to approved researchers working in the VDE. Further details are available here.

Enclave Resources

Approved users are provided access to a virtual Windows workstation through a virtual desktop infrastructure. Each workstation is equipped with a suite of statistical software (including SAS, Stata, SPPS, MatLab, ArcGIS, R, and Stat/Transfer) and Microsoft Office.

MiCDA VDE users with large or computationally intensive projects may request access to a secure high performance computing server provided by the Survey Research Center.