Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Releases Final Report

Find full report here.  Last Thursday afternoon, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (the “Commission”) held a press conference to present their final recommendations aimed at simultaneously improving the availability of rigorous evidence to inform policymaking and the security of citizens’ private, personal information. As Katharine Abraham, chairperson of the Commission said, “We think we can…

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ICPSR Convenes Stakeholders on Researcher Credentialing Project

This story was published in the ADRF Network Newsletter on August 21, 2017. Written by Monica King. For every researcher who gains access to a restricted dataset, countless of hours are spent processing the request. Not to mention the months that pass while the review takes places. Imagine, then, a widely-accepted credential that enables researchers…

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How states and localities are improving the quality of education, health, and human services through integrated data systems: An interview with Dennis Culhane

Programs and agencies in government often exist in silos, where the efforts of one aren’t necessarily connected with others and their data are not shared between them. That slows the process within government of learning what works, coordinating efforts, spurring social innovation, and continuous improvement. A growing number of states and localities, however, are developing Integrated…

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Everything you need to know about the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

If you thought that Democrats and Republicans couldn’t agree on anything, you were wrong. In an era of perhaps unprecedented partisanship in Washington, DC, every moment of collaborative policymaking is notable. That’s why we should take a moment to celebrate the bipartisan bill President Obama signed into law to start a federal Commission on Evidence-Based…

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Launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative: Disrupting the Cycle of Incarceration

Every year, more than 11 million people move through America’s 3,100 local jails, many on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors, costing local governments approximately $22 billion a year.In local jails, 64 percent of people suffer from mental illness, 68 percent have a substance abuse disorder, and 44 percent suffer from chronic health problems.Communities across the country have…

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Dennis Culhane and John Fantuzzo Awarded $1.9M for AISP and IDS Research

Two grants, totaling nearly $2 million, have been awarded to University of Pennsylvania professors Dennis Culhane and John Fantuzzo, enabling the continued development and expanded use of Integrated Data Systems, or IDS, for evidence-based policymaking through the Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, or AISP, initiative. IDS link existing administrative data across multiple agencies and community…

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AISP’s Whitney LeBoeuf talks with Knowledge @ Wharton about the Use of Big Data

Dan at Knowledge @ Wharton’s Business Radio talk show interviews AISP’s Research Associate, Whitney LeBoeuf, about the research she is involved in within Philadelphia, the AISP project, and UPenn’s GSE Child Research Center.  Whitney discusses how government agencies collect administrative data on individuals they serve which can then be harnessed by researchers to create a more…

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The promise of integrated data systems for social policy reform: A Q&A with Dennis Culhane and John Fantuzzo

Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) is an initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, with the purpose of improving the quality of education, and health and human service agencies’ policies and practices through the use of integrated data systems.  AISP aims to build a nationwide professional network of data expertise…

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Passing the Privacy Test as Student Data Laws Take Effect

On January 1, 2016, “ SOPIPA”—the recently passed California student data privacy law that defines how edtech companies can use student data became effective. About 25 other states have passed similar laws that are already in effect, or will become effective. At the same time, more than 200 school service providers have now signed the…

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OMB Memo Stresses Evidence and Innovation

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued a memorandum titled Next Steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda. This memo stresses the application of existing evidence as paramount to creating a government that is more responsive to the needs of its citizens. This memo offers suggestions to help agencies advance their evidence and…

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OMB Advisory on Data Sharing: Effective Benefits and Strategic Cautions

Sharing Data While Protecting Privacy, a memorandum released by the Office of Management and Budget in November 2010, notes the critical role of accurate and reliable data to increase the effectiveness of Federal programs. This memo urges Federal agencies to adopt new approaches that permit data exchange in a responsible and appropriate manner. There are…

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Mayor Bloomberg Employs Public Data to Solve Complex Problems

The NY Times recently covered NYC’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning to describe how they’re able to use public administrative data to address important issues that plague the city. Link to article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/nyregion/mayor-bloombergs-geek-squad.html?emc=eta1  

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