DNORS Survey Public Use Data

The DNORS Public Use data consists of three main data files: screener, pre-Katrina household roster, and the respondent individual interview.

The screener file, which has 1,557 households, contains the listing of residents at the sample address in August 2005, just before Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, from which the Adult Respondent and the Household Respondent were selected. It includes the consent questions as well as questions related to the selection of respondents, plus contact information for selected respondents.

The household roster file contains one record for each person listed as a resident at the sample address in August 2005 for the 1,380 households where at least one selected respondent was interviewed. The file has 3,740 pre-Katrina household members. Information collected includes basic demographic information (e.g., age, gender, race, education), post-Katrina residences, plus current and pre-Katrina statuses for marriage, work, general health, and health insurance.

The individual interview file contains one record for each of the 1,761 Adult Respondents and Household Respondents who were interviewed. In addition to data collected in the roster section, the file contains more detailed information on jobs, income, physical health, and mental health, along with reports on Katrina-related experiences and property damage. This file also contains data from the child module that was collected from female adult respondents with children under age 18 years.

The Public Use Data contain individual characteristics that are treated to reduce the chance of identifying any respondent. This means that some data are top-coded (e.g., income) or coded in broader categories (e.g., occupation, distances), as described in the DNORS Overview, User's Guide, and Codebook [PDF]. The Public Use Data exclude detailed information that is likely to enable indirect identification of DNORS respondents. Some items listed in the questionnaires, such as names and addresses, will never be included in any version of the data. See the DNORS Overview, User's Guide, and Codebook [PDF] for information about individual variables.

Untreated characteristics and detailed geographic information are available as Restricted Data.

Specific questions regarding the DNORS data and documentation should be sent to our data support email address dnors-supp@rand.org.

Obtaining DNORS Public Use Data

Researchers using the Public Use Data agree not to distribute the data to other persons outside of their project. Others who are interested in obtaining a copy of the Public Use Data should register and obtain their own copy.

Every person who uses the DNORS Public Use Data must read and adhere to a Use Agreement. After reviewing the Use Agreement, researchers must complete the DNORS Public Use Data registration form in order to access the data. After the online form is completed and submitted, users will be able to download the data.

Read the Use Agreement and register for the DNORS Public Use Data Files