History

The Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) at the University of Kansas was designated the Business & Industry Data Center (BIDC) for the State of Kansas in March 2009. The BIDC program is an expansion of our role as a coordinating agency of the Kansas State Data Center (SDC), a partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. The BIDC program is designed to meet the needs of public and private sector decision-makers for economic statistics.

The State Data Center (SDC) Program is one of the Census Bureau's longest and most successful partnerships. It is a cooperative program between the states and the Census Bureau that was created in 1978 to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments. The Business and Industry Data Center Program (BIDC) was added in 1988 to meet the needs of local business communities for economic data.

Mission

The mission of the SDC/BIDC network is to provide training and technical assistance in the use of Census Bureau data for research, administration, planning, and decision making to local governments, the business community, researchers, and other interested data users. The national SDC/BIDC network is a valuable source of feedback to the Census Bureau on data use, the operational aspects of decennial and economic census and survey programs, and the various federal-state-local partnership programs that support Census activities.

As the BIDC lead agency, IPSR will:

  • •  Identify, recruit, and manage an affiliate network of nonprofit stakeholders in the state of Kansas who have a role in economic development efforts or otherwise use diverse economic and demographic data in their efforts.
  • •  Identify data and training needs.
  • •  Assist in training data users and affiliates.
  • •  Provide feedback to the U.S. Census Bureau on products and data.
  • •  Encourage participation by business in data collection efforts by the Census Bureau.
  • •  Reprint, extract, reformat, analyze, or otherwise prepare appropriate subsets of Census data for redistribution to data users and affiliates.

If you are interested in participating as a BIDC affiliate or would like more information, please contact:
Xan Wedel
Institute for Policy & Social Research
The University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane, 607 Blake Hall
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
email: ipsr@ku.edu