Portraits of American Life Study
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The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
  • Restricted Data Policy
  • On-Line Ordering of Restricted Data
  • Restricted Data Variable List
  • Restricted Data Use Agreement
  • Restricted Data Policy

    Restricted Data includes data items that potentially enable indirectly identifying survey respondents. Because this data may be quite valuable for its analytic possibilities and contributions to scholarly knowledge, access to restricted-use files is offered to approved researchers under a set of highly controlled conditions. The approval to use the Restricted Data requires acceptance of the Restricted Data Use Agreement that specifies the conditions that a researcher must accept before obtaining access.

    View the Restricted Data Variable List. The variables are grouped by different sections. Variables appearing in blue are the restricted variables. However, many of those are contained in generated variables of the public data set. All other variables that are listed in each section are in the public data.

    Access to the PS-ARE Restricted Data File is limited to researchers who can substantiate a need for additional variables that are not in the Public Use Data and who agree to the terms and conditions contained in the Restricted Data Use Agreement. Only faculty and research personnel at institutions which have an Institutional Review Board or Human Subjects Review Committee are eligible to receive Restricted Data Files. The Institution's IRB must be registered with the U.S. Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) or the National Institute of Health (NIH). PS-ARE Restricted data should not be used, under any circumstances, for the purpose of archiving or distributing to others.

    University students may gain access to the Restricted Data for dissertation research only if a faculty advisor serves as the Investigator and completes the application process. The faculty advisor must be a PI of a federally funded grant or must work within a federally-funded research center where the student is currently enrolled, in which the Center Director agrees to take responsibility for data protection. The faculty advisor and institution bear full responsibility for ensuring that the student meets all conditions of the Agreement. The student must also sign the Supplemental Agreement with Research Staff form.

    Requirements for PS-ARE Restricted Data

    To be given access to the Restricted Data, users must submit the following items to PS-ARE:

    1. Application Cover Page.

    2. Proof of IRB Approval. The applicant's Institutional Review Board must approve the final research plan (extended abstract) and the final data protection plan, both of which must accompany the application packet.

    a.An Extended Abstract will describe the proposed project and what it seeks to accomplish, along with justification why each section of requested variables of the Restricted Data is needed.
    b.A Restricted Data Protection Plan will detail how files will be protected while they are being used, being stored on computer, and after findings are published.
    c.The institution's Multiple Project Assurance (MPA) number as assigned by the U.S. Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) or the Federal-wide Assurance (FWA) number from the National Institute of Health (NIH) must be submitted with the application.
    3. Restricted Data Use Agreement.
    a.Must be signed by the Principal Investigator.
    b.Must be signed by a senior university official who binds the university/institution. This refers to an individual who has the authority to represent your organization in agreements of this sort, such as a Vice President, Dean, Provost, Center Director, or similar official.
    c.Submit TWO original, signed copies; one will be countersigned and returned to you.
    4. A signed Supplemental Research Agreement with Research Staff for each person that will have access to the data.

    5. A curriculum vitae for each person who will be accessing the information.

    6. A copy of the Human Participants Protection Education for Research Teams completion certificate from NIH for all research staff that will access the restricted data. The online certification can be completed at http://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php. Proof of equivalent training is also acceptable.

    7. Restricted Data File Order that specifies the requested sections of Restricted Data Variables List and the contact person for receiving the data.

    Please note: If co-investigators are from different institutions, you will need separate Restricted Data Use Agreements for each institution.

    Please see the Restricted Data Use Agreement for instructions and necessary paperwork. If you have any questions about this process, send them to pals@rice.edu.

    On-Line Ordering of Restricted Data Now Available

    A wide variety of contextual variables--at the metro, city, and census tract levels--are available for researchers. This data is restricted, so it involves (a) complete the Restricted Data Use Agreement and (b) paying a fee according the below fee structure.

    A wide variety of contextual variables—at the metro, city, and census tract levels—are available for researchers. This data is restricted, so it involves (a) completing the Restricted Data Use Agreement and (b) paying a fee according the below fee structure.

    Fee structure: $100 per each 10 variables requested.

      01-10 variables $100
      11-20 variables $200
      21-30 variables $300
      31-40 variables $400
      41-50 variables $500
      And so on

    We would like to acknowledge the New Immigrant Survey (NIS) for granting us permission to model the PS-ARE Restricted-use Data Policy and the PS-ARE Restricted-use Data Agreement after those used by the New Immigrant Survey. See http://nis.princeton.edu for more information about NIS.

    Give us your feedback!

    Through out these sections, we invite you to enter the discussion about these findings and what their implications may be. Click on the COMMENT link to send your thoughts to pals@rice.edu. Where appropriate we will include comments for others to read and discuss. Names of contributors will not be posted, but, if you like, include your religious tradition.

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    US Congregational Membership Reports
    Explore congregational membership across the United States. These data are provided by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.

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