Working with CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) is a public health surveillance system that includes information about homicides, legal intervention deaths, suicides, deaths of undetermined intent that may be due to violence, and unintentional firearm deaths. Expanded nationwide in 2018, NVDRS is the only state-based surveillance (reporting) system that pools more than 600 unique data elements from multiple sources into an anonymous database to inform policy makers, researchers, and community.

In recent years, CDC has expanded ways that NVDRS data is now available to researchers and the public. A recent innovation has been the development of the NVDRS Restricted Access Database, or RAD, which provides to qualified researchers de-identified, multi-state, case-level dataset comprised of hundreds of unique variables at no cost.

This webinar featured the experiences and work of three researchers who used NVDRS data in their work, and discussed how other researchers can access the RAD.

Webinar Recording - November 29, 2023

View the presentations shared by the panelists here:

Thank you to the panelists Catherine Barber, Janet Blair, Kirsty Clark, Katie Forsberg, and Nichole Michaels.

This webinar is part of the monthly Lunch & Learn webinar series launched in August of 2020 to highlight emerging research on gun violence through the Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform Program.

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Working with CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)

Panelists presented NVDRS, discussed how NVDRS data was used in their work, and showcased how other researchers can access NVDRS for their own work through the Restricted Access Database, or RAD.