Partners and Organizations
J-PAL North America, which is based at MIT, seeks to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. We do this by conducting randomized evaluations, sharing policy lessons, and building evaluation capacity, and we support evaluations through three initiatives: U.S. Health Care Delivery Initiative, General Research Initiative, and State and Local Innovation Initiative. J-PAL North America Website
The Administrative Data Research Network helps researchers gain access to de-identified administrative data so they can carry out social and economic research − research that has the potential to benefit society.
Researchers can apply to the Network with a research idea and request access to datasets. The Network collaborates closely with government departments to make administrative data available to researchers, but we negotiate this with them on a case-by-case basis. Researchers can access the data in our Administrative Data Research Centres in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Administrative Data Research Network Website
APHSA pursues excellence in health and human services by supporting state and local agencies, informing policymakers, and working with our partners to drive innovative, integrated, and efficient solutions in policy and practice. APHSA website
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.
Our work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, because children need all three to succeed. We advance research and solutions to overcome the barriers to success, help communities demonstrate what works and influence decision makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence.
As a private philanthropy based in Baltimore and working across the country, we make grants that help federal agencies, states, counties, cities and neighborhoods create more innovative, cost-effective responses to the issues that negatively affect children: poverty, unnecessary disconnection from family and communities with limited access to opportunity. AECF website
The Baltimore Universities Data Alliance (BUDA) consists of Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, University of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. We are proposing to work with Baltimore City Public Schools population of Career and Technology Education (CTE) students and link them with registered apprenticeship data for the state of Maryland. These administrative records reside at the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR). Upon completion of their apprenticeship student records will be linked with Maryland Quarterly UI Wage records for earnings and the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages for employer industry affiliation. The Jacob France Institute serves as an agent of DLLR and maintains the archive of wage records. By linking these students with labor market information we can determine their earnings growth longitudinally. BUDA website
Bloomberg Associates is an international consulting service founded by Michael R. Bloomberg as a philanthropic venture. Our mission is to help city governments improve the quality of life of their citizens. Directed by a team of globally recognized experts and industry leaders, the consultancy works to improve urban environments by collaborating with cities to develop best practices, build consensus and foster key relationships. Through its guidance and mentorship, Bloomberg Associates delivers actionable insights and plans across multiple disciplines. Additionally, the team fosters public-private partnerships to help each city build resources and implement programs that turn dynamic vision into reality. Bloomberg Associates Website
Camden ARISE (Administrative Records Integrated for Service Excellence), is an initiative of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. In early 2015, The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers launched Camden ARISE, an integrated data system for understanding and addressing the complex challenges facing Camden city residents. Partners include regional hospitals, the Camden County Police Department, the Camden City School District, and local agencies working to end homelessness in the city. By shedding light on root causes of recurring problems, Camden ARISE will support the Coalition’s care management and advocacy work around vulnerable populations. The project complements the Camden Health Information Exchange, a web-based platform offering participating local and regional health care providers secure, real-time access to their patients’ medical information. Camden ARISE website
The Children’s Data Network is a data and research collaborative focused on the linkage and analysis of administrative records. In partnership with public agencies, philanthropic funders, and community stakeholders, we seek to generate knowledge and advance evidence-rich policies that will improve the health, safety, and well-being of our children. Children’s Data Network website
The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. Launched in 2005 by 10 founding partners, DQC now leads a partnership of nearly 100 organizations committed to realizing the vision of an education system in which all stakeholders—from parents to policymakers—are empowered with high-quality data from the early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and workforce systems to make decisions that ensure every student graduates high school prepared for success in college and the workplace. To achieve this vision, DQC supports state policymakers and other key leaders to promote the effective use of data to improve student achievement. DQC website
LJAF works to develop and support initiatives that encourage governments and nonprofit organizations to help build the evidence base for social interventions and to consider reliable evidence as one of the primary factors in their decisions. The goal is to ensure that limited resources are spent wisely on programs that produce meaningful, lasting improvements in people’s lives. We fund rigorous evaluations to determine whether programs are effective and work to incentivize the widespread adoption of approaches that have been shown to make a difference.
In addition, LJAF is bringing policymakers, researchers, and data experts from the public and private sectors together to strengthen the infrastructure and processes needed to support evidence-based decision making. We promote new government and philanthropic funding models that emphasize the use of evidence. We also facilitate strategic partnerships to accelerate progress and support efforts to expand access to privacy-protected data.
The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. A trusted resource for policy makers, advocates, researchers and program professionals, the Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people. Forum FYI’s Website
The Institute for Evidence-Based Change helps education stakeholders use data and information to make informed decisions, improve practice, and increase student success. IEBC’s commitment to evidence-based change is founded on its extensive and successful experience with a collaborative, action research-based model that links data across educational segments within a region. This model gives faculty and others who work with students at ground level the information they need to collaborate, develop, implement, and evaluate strategies that improve students’ success as they progress from kindergarten through college. IEBC’s website
A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, KIDS COUNT is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families. KIDS COUNT website
Our core objective is to address our nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches. We strive to create functional solutions that target the root causes, not just the symptoms, of these problems. The solutions must be both scalable nationally and sustainable without permanent philanthropy. LJAF website
The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood information systems in local policy making and community building. NNIP website
The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) has launched a three-year cross-site project supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to expand the relevance of integrated data systems (IDS) for local policy. The project will connect local NNIP partners, who all work to advance data-driven decision making in their neighborhoods, with organizations and agencies running IDS. Their website has a wonderful list of IDS resources. NNIP IDS Website
The U.S. Department of Education established the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) as a “one-stop” resource for education stakeholders to learn about data privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to student-level longitudinal data systems and other uses of student data. PTAC provides timely information and updated guidance on privacy, confidentiality, and security practices through a variety of resources, including training materials and opportunities to receive direct assistance with privacy, security, and confidentiality of student data systems. PTAC website
The Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust (SVRDT), a research center of the University of California, Santa Cruz, brings together data from numerous public agencies that service children and families, including Education (public school districts and charters), Public Health, Child and Family Services, Mental Health, Juvenile Justice/Probation, and Education Technology companies. The current siloed state of education, social services, and other data systems involving children, coupled with unresolved privacy and trust issues, results in both incomplete and fragmentary analysis of complex problems and disjointed service delivery facing all children, but especially for children of poverty. The SVRDT supports policy, practice and research in the 3 counties of the Silicon Valley through providing a comprehensive understanding of factors contributing to student failure and success. SVRDT website
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation believes that a carefully reasoned and systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all. The Foundation makes grants to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economic performance; and to improve the quality of American life. Though founded in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan Jr., then-President and CEO of General Motors, the Foundation is an independent entity and has no formal relationship with the General Motors Corporation.
The Foundation is unique in its focus on science, technology, and economic institutions. It believes the scholars and practitioners who work in these fields are chief drivers of the nation’s health and prosperity. In each grant program, the Foundation seeks proposals for original projects led by outstanding individuals or teams.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is interested in projects that it expects will result in a strong benefit to society, and for which funding from the private sector, the government, or other foundations is not widely available. Sloan Foundation Website
Our research and experience make it clear that, just as interoperability is driving innovation in other sectors, it is transforming the fundamental structure and function of human services in exciting and rewarding ways. We envision a revamped national system of care in which organizational silos are broken down and policy, practice and structure—the three pillars required for real-time exchange of comprehensive, accurate information among health, education, human service agencies and courts—are realigned for consumer benefit, cost savings and operational efficiency. Stewards of Change website
Urban Spatial consults at the intersection of data science and public policy. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Ken Steif, Urban Spatial combines spatial analysis, econometrics and predictive analytics to help government, business and the non-profit sector more efficiently allocate their limited resources across space. While our placed-based emphasis makes us unique, our real value-added is our ability to work across multiple related domains including urban economics, housing, neighborhoods, city & environmental planning, business siting, governance, economic development, public safety and beyond. Urban Spatial website
The Value Added Research Center (VARC) at the University of Wisconsin Madison works to develop and implement education analytics to support educators and improve student learning. VARC website
The Office of Research & Planning (ORP) provides research expertise to state and local social services staff as well partners of the Virginia Social Services System (VSSS). Responsibilities include:
- Analyzing data
- Assisting with research and survey design
- Conducting and managing comprehensive program evaluations
- Developing databases to facilitate research
- Operating the VDSS Institutional Review Board
- Producing a performance indicator system for local VDSS offices
- Strategic planning coordination for VDSS and the VSSS network
- Technical assistance on data analysis
Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) is a non-profit, non-partisan initiative that advocates for inclusive, aligned and market-relevant data systems used for advancing the nation’s skilled workforce and helping U.S. industries compete in a changing economy. WDQC was developed in 2012 by convening stakeholders from across the education and workforce development spectrum, along with researchers and technical data experts from the state and federal levels.
To achieve its vision, WDQC encourages Congress and federal agencies to strengthen support for strategic data collection, management and usage that protects individual privacy while enabling analysis and research. At the state level, the WDQC promotes key features of high-quality state longitudinal data systems and shares best practices through publications, webinars and convenings. WDQC website