Improving Data-Driven Policy Making
Big Data and Ethics
In a recently authored report for the Hewlett Foundation, MDI Research Professor Amy O’Hara, along with co-author Dr. Jodi Nelson, evaluates the partnership between Facebook, Social Science One (SS1), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and 7 foundations that sought to make Facebook data available to researchers to study the impact of social media on democracy and elections.
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 Georgetown Research Data Center (RDC), a collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau and MDI, provides secure access to critical government data for qualified researchers in the DC area, enabling them to examine a wide range of social and economic issues.