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DRC Indicator Data Set & Codebook Instructions: 2016-2017 NSCH (2 years combined)


From your My Requests page you can download a compressed folder containing micro data and supplemental materials, including the codebooks, assembled by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI), Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) from the 2016-2017 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH)* (2 years combined).   

To begin using the data set, follow these steps:

1. Click to download the folder in the format of your choice.  

2. Save the compressed folder to a local computer. 

3. Open the compressed folder and extract the data set and other materials before attempting to open the data set with statistical software. 

4. Review information about the NSCH and the accompanying codebook prior to conducting your analysis. The Census Bureau has further documentation on methodology, here.

Please note that due to changes in the NSCH’s mode of data collection and sampling frame, as well as adjustments to item wording where necessary, MCHB alerts data users that it is not possible to compare estimates from the 2016 redesigned survey to those from previous iterations of the NSCH or NS-CSHCN, or to conduct any type of trend analyses. The redesigned NSCH will support trend analyses beginning with data from 2016 and moving forward.

When using the Indicator Data Set created by the CAHMI DRC, please be sure to use the following citation in any publication, report or peer-reviewed journal article:

Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) (2019). 2016-2017 National Survey of Children's Health (2 Years Combined), [(SAS/SPSS/Stata)] Indicator Data Set. Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health supported by Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Retrieved [mm/dd/yy] from

We encourage you to keep us informed about your publications and presentations based on these data. To facilitate that, the CAHMI will be contacting you in a few months. Since the main mission of the Data Resource Center is to facilitate dissemination and utilization of the results of the National Surveys, we are always delighted to be able to identify real-life examples of how planners, grant writers, researchers, and child health policy advocates are using survey results to promote better health and improve access to and quality of children’s health care services.

*If you have not already submitted a data set request and signed Data Use Agreement to the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, please do so before downloading materials for this page. Information and request forms are available in the DRC's Request a Data set feature.