The Future of 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.
Researchers Affiliated with US Institutions:
Access to the FFCWS contract data is limited to researchers who agree to the terms and conditions contained in the Contract Data License. Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval of the researcher’s research and data protection plans are required. The IRB must be registered with the U.S. Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Although nearly all research universities and other research organizations in the United States have IRBs 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.
Researchers Affiliated with non-US Institutions:
Access to the FFCWS contract data is limited to researchers who agree to the terms and conditions contained in the Contract Data License. Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval of the researcher’s research and data protection plans are required. Researchers affiliated with institutions outside of the U.S. must receive IRB approval from an IRB that is registered or certified by applicable authorities within the jurisdiction in which the institution is located.
- University students may gain access to the Contract Data for dissertation or thesis 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.