Integrated Data Systems (IDS) foster social innovation by quickening the knowledge-to-practice-development cycle. Without an IDS, it can be difficult to measure how services in one domain impact outcomes in others. IDS provide a more complete account, allowing policy-makers to better address the often interconnected needs of the citizens more efficiently and effectively. IDS are also used to test social policy innovations through high speed, low-cost randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental approaches.  IDS can also be used for continuous quality improvement efforts and benefit cost analysis.


IDS Uses & Benefits

Examples

IDS allow government agencies to integrate various databases and bridge the gaps that have traditionally formed among them and between government agencies and community providers.
Researchers can compare data across various agencies and ask probing questions about issues that have stymied public agencies’ past efforts to improve policies.
Integrated data reveal patterns of risk and resilience, allowing executive leaders, policy makers, and policy analysts to design more targeted interventions and higher-impact policies.

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