Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI), NYC

Description: The Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) is currently undertaking analyses in a variety of interagency policy areas, including child welfare, public assistance, juvenile delinquency, homelessness and education.  These longitudinal research projects examine a number of areas that are critical to enhancing HHS decision making, including:

  • Utilization patterns of programs and services
  • Program costs and benefits
  • Overlap in programs and services
  • Linkages within and among systems
  • Entry points into particular systems
  • Geographic distributions in services, including demand “hot spots”

In addition to the research agenda, CIDI provides analytic support for the Children’s Cabinet and Immigrant Health Task Force and is involved in the design and implementation of New York City’s first comprehensive homeless youth count.


IDS Projects to Inform Policy

NYC Uses IDS to Evaluate Supportive Housing Program

The New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI), an AISP Network site, recently performed an outcomes study of a Good Shepherd Services’ supportive housing program for at-risk youth in NYC. The study utilized administrative data from different agencies in order to look at outcomes for youth enrolled in the program compared to youth who applied and were eligible, but ultimately not placed in supportive housing. Analysis shows that youth served by the Good Shepherd program had much lower rates of homelessness and incarceration than the comparison group. Please click on the below links to read more about study results and program implications.

Link to Project Reports: Paving the Way for a More Prosperous Future for Young Adults: Preliminary Results of an Outcomes Study of the Chelsea Foyer at the Christopher
Media Coverage: – SAS, State and Local Connection: Analytics making a difference: NYC finds Good Shepherd Services program reduces homelessness, jail stays
Analytics Skills Gap: Drive Innovation Through Data Intelligence
How does one of the largest cities in the world use data for social good?


NYC Explores the Young Adult Outcomes of Foster Care, Justice, and Dually Involved Youth

CIDI recently completed a study about adolescents who were discharged from foster care, justice (detention or jail) system, or are dually involved (i.e., discharged from both foster care and a justice system). The study tracked the cohorts for six years through administrative data and measured their outcomes across five domains: foster care, government benefits, homeless shelter use, hospital and health services, and justice. They found that the dually involved group had the highest system involvement both overall and in the majority of the specific systems examined, as well as the highest multi-system involvement. The average cost for the dually involved group was approximately 40% higher than the other two groups (approximately $65,000 per person for the dually involved, compared to $46,000-$48,000 per person for the other two groups). Within each group, the top 25% of users (by cost) accounts for a disproportionate amount of their group’s total cost. For the foster care and justice groups, over 75% of each group’s total cost can be attributed to the top 25% of its users. For the dually involved group, the top 25% of users consumes two-thirds of the cost. Please click on the below links to read more about study results and program implications.

Link to Project Reports:  Young Adult Outcomes of Foster Care, Justice, and Dually Involved Youth in New York City

Media Coverage:  – CIDI’s Outcomes Study of Youth in Foster Care and the Justice System Supports the NYC Administration for Children Services’ Initiatives to advance prevention practices and support services for adolescents
Capital Data: The city’s case for prevention programs targeting at-risk youth


AISP Network Site IDS Case Study: CIDI

Creating “One City”: New York City’s Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence


Multi-site Research Project

Educational Well-being of Children in Assisted Housing Programs