The Research Data Center (RDC) is a secure computing environment providing access to restricted-use microdata from a variety of statistical agencies for approved research projects. See the list of available data. These data sets are not otherwise publicly available.
The Duke RDC lab allowed me the opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary project involving real, messy and sensitive data. A collaboration between statisticians and economists, I created a linked database that could be used by my collaborator in economics to explore the relationship between a federally funded audit program and energy efficiency in enterprises across the United States. This work allowed me to engage with an interdisciplinary team to solve a real data problem, gaining communication and teamwork skills as I created a data product that will be used to conduct deeper research into issues of energy efficiency.
– Nicole Dalzell, Assistant Teaching Professor of Statistics, Wake Forest University, Ph.D. Statistical Science, Duke University, 2017