Restricted Use Contract Data

The Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study releases restricted use contract data to the public via a Contract Data Agreement. Before requesting restricted use contract data, please read the How to Apply page for details on the data access requirements and process. For a complete list of available files and accompanying documentation, see the What is Available page. 

Access to FFCWS restricted use contract data is limited to researchers who agree to the terms and conditions contained in the Contract Data Agreement. Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval of the researcher’s research and data protection plans are required. Therefore, only faculty and research personnel at institutions which have an Institutional Review Board/Human Subjects Review Committee are eligible to receive access to the restricted use contract data. The Institution’s IRB must be registered with the U.S. Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) or the National Institute of Health (NIH). Although nearly all research universities and other research organizations in the United States have IRB’s registered with the OHRP, we are aware that some institutions and legitimate researchers will be excluded from access under this condition. We apologize for this and are considering options to expand the pool of eligible researchers while maintaining a high standard of protection for our respondents.

Please note:

  • University students may gain access to the restricted use contract data for dissertation research, but a faculty advisor must serve as the Investigator and complete the application process for them. The faculty advisor and institution bear full responsibility for ensuring that all conditions of the license are met by the student. The student must also sign the Supplemental Agreement with Research Personnel form.
  • If co-investigators are from different institutions, you will need separate Contract Data Agreements for each institution.