Data Governance Lab
What we do:
The Data Governance Lab is a team within the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute working towards secure, responsible use of data for research and evaluation. The Lab shares and creates standards, guides, and tools to make good data governance easier.
We focus on policies and practices that improve the relationship between data creators and data users. This includes streamlining the process of accessing data, setting up governance structures, linking data, and identifying methods to protect privacy. We promote data intermediaries that help establish and operate secure data projects and enclaves. We study the business models and practices of these intermediaries and make connections to share their best practices.
We aim to increase awareness of administrative data uses so that data subjects, intermediaries, funders, and policymakers can learn about safe joins across the country and around the world.
The Administrative Data Research Initiative promotes the use of administrative data, information collected by governments or firms and reused for research and evaluation. Intermediaries can help data users navigate barriers to access. ADRI maintains a directory of these intermediaries, along with guides and standards that support sound data governance.
Visit the ADRI Discovery Site to find examples of functional intermediaries and browse through resources such as guides, standards, and templates. Search by location, topic, and type of resource.
States need data in order to understand their entire population for planning, economic development, evaluation, and emergency management. Given the importance of this data, there are political and economic ramifications when state and local population counts are flawed. State administrative data provide a potential solution to these issues. States maintain records that can be joined to measure their populations, and methods exist that can be used to link these records together.
This project aims to broaden the scope for population measurement and to align academic innovations in data linkage with actual state needs. The State Population Estimates project is connecting state administrators to resources, technical documentation, and legal context needed to link across state programs to benchmark their populations.