Requesting Data – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
How can I get data?
How does the data request process work?
What can I expect if I make a request for data?
How does this process differ from how I have requested data in the past?
How should I cite the information I receive from this site?
Users should include a citation for data obtained through the CDPHE Data Request System, both for the original data source, as well as the website retrieval information, according to the following general format:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. State and County Birth and Death Summary Tables. From the Colorado Health and Environmental Data website [online]. Available: http://www.chd.dphe.state.co.us (July 17, 2012).
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Asthma Hospitalizations data. From the Colorado Environmental Public Health Tracking Data website [online]. Available: http://www.coepht.dphe.state.co.us (July 17, 2012).
Specific citation guidelines may be required for requested data provided through a data sharing agreement.
Many products on CDPHE websites have a source notation embedded in them. Users should also refer to source citations provided in dataset details and metadata pages specific to a given dataset for guidance on how to cite the data.
How long will it take for me to be contacted once I initiate a request for data?
Requests for identifying private information (confidential protected data) to support research activities that involve human subjects, or activities that contain a component of research, must receive approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB). The data manager will provide additional guidance as needed.
Will I have to pay?
Depending on the nature and scope of the request, there may be a fee charged. You will be notified regarding any possible fees before work on the request begins.
How will I know if my request for data will be completed as requested?
The release of data maintained at CDPHE is governed by a combination of state statutes and regulations, program specific data release policies, and authorizations required by CDPHE Policy. CDPHE policy is to provide the “minimum necessary” to accomplish a purpose. Because individual confidentiality must be protected, not all data requested can be provided.
What is considered responsible use of data?
Requestor responsibilities include: