Supporting Ethical Data Governance
Administrative Data Research Initiative
The Administrative Data Research Initiative (ADRI) is an initiative within the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute which includes projects working towards secure, responsible use of data for research and evaluation. ADRI shares and creates standards, guides, and tools to make good data governance easier. Many projects struggle negotiating agreements, accessing appropriate data, and conducting analyses without sacrificing security or privacy. ADRI promotes standards, best practices, and fosters community among data intermediaries, data owners, researchers, data users, and policymakers. ADRI also maintains a directory of data 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. Below are a few of the initiative’s projects.
Census 2020: State Perceptions
The U.S. Census is facing new and difficult challenges, never seen before. A direct assault on the integrity of the U.S. Census threatens to limit Congressional representation, reduce access to resources, and negatively impact civil rights for marginalized populations in the United States. To understand the impact of such actions, MDI at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy launched the Census 2020: State Perceptions program. Here you will find resources and information to help understand the current state of the U.S. Census and what can be done.
Today, involvement in the civil justice system is more common than ever before. Individuals with low incomes increasingly experience legal problems stemming from unemployment, health needs and medical debt, housing instability, family changes, and credit card debt. Yet, each institution in the civil justice system collects and stores this data in different ways. The Civil Justice Data Commons (CJDC) Project aims to create a secure, robust repository of civil legal data, gathered from courts, legal service providers, and other civil law institutions, that will enable stakeholders, researchers, and the public to better understand the civil legal system in the United States.
State Population Estimates
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. 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. Read more about this project here.