Improving Data-Driven Policy Making
Our data governance work focuses on expanding secure, responsible use of data for research and evaluation. Our work focuses on policies and practices that improve the relationship between data creators and data users, including streamlining the process of setting up governance structures.
The Administrative Data Research Initiative (ADRI) supports secure and responsible access to administrative data collected by government agencies and companies by addressing obstacles often encountered by researchers and promoting standards and best practices.
The State Population Estimates (SPE) project applies academic innovations in data linkage to help state agencies and governments build capacity to measure their entire population and its characteristics using administrative data.
Our Administrative Data Metadata project helps researchers understand current data sharing across government agencies. Datasets obtained by the US Census Bureau are listed. We have provided links about the programs and information about the data elements that are being used for statistical purposes.
Our Civil Justice Data Commons project shows how a data intermediary gets started. Recognizing the difficulty of measuring civil justice problems, especially involving housing and debt, we are working on approaches to improve data access. This involves outreach to courts, legal service providers, non-profits, and other scholars interested in the same goals and improving access to justice.
Our DataSafes project introduces a new approach by our partners at Actuate Innovation that provides end-to-end privacy protection for data controllers, intermediaries, and researchers.