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Expanding Access to Research Data: Reconciling Risks and Opportunities
products. The challenge at the present time is to evaluate how well the new methods are working, forthrightly assess problematic areas, and determine ways in which alternative methods can be improved. Nothing in the past suggests that increasing access to research data without damage to privacy and confidentiality rights is beyond scientific reach. This report offers recommendations that, if implemented, will continue the past record of simultaneous improvement along both dimensions. Such improvement will require strong partnership between the research community and statistical and research agencies in the design of innovative research on disclosure avoidance techniques and data access modalities and in the implementation of the advances that result from such research.