Secure Data Center

Secure Data Management

The IRiSS Secure Data Center (SDC) supports a number of targeted research environments and resources to provide access to sensitive and secure data.

The California Census Research Data Center (CCRDC)

The California Census Research Data Center (CCRDC) is a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau, Stanford University, UCLA and UC Berkeley. The Census Research Data Center at IRiSS is one of twelve laboratories nationwide which provide approved researchers with local access to non-public microdata in secure facilities.  Projects approved by the Census Bureau for research in an RDC may draw upon unpublished microdata from the Census Bureau's economic and demographic surveys and censuses, as well as restricted use data from NCHS and AHRQ.  Approved projects provide benefits to the Census Bureau, local researchers, and the scientific community.

Details about the data, proposal process, and RDC network can be found at the Center for Economic Studies (CES) at  Inquiries about CCRDC projects should go to

Add Health Data

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (also known as Add Health, the Add Health Study, and the Add Health Survey) is a nationally representative study originally designed to examine how social contexts (such as families, friends, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and communities) influence teens' health and risk behaviors. The study is now examining how health changes over the course of early adulthood. 

Details about the data and access policies and requirements can be found on the Add Health site at

Secure Research Facilities

The SDC provides secure research facilities for a limited number of individual faculty and graduate student projects that require dedicated, secure space. It also provides a secure server room for data that needs to be physically inaccessible, such as the Add Health Data mentioned above.  Located in the hills above campus at 30 Alta Road, the SDC offers a highly secure environment, as well as a quiet and accessible setting, for research activity involving the use of confidential data.  

Other Services

The SDC can help facilitate software support for SDC users, and recommends the following links as a starting point:  

Software Licensing Support

Other Key Links 

  • Stanford University's guidelines for electronic data collection and storage are located here.

Those interested in using the Secure Data Center should contact for more information.