Allegheny County’s Research on Integrated Administrative Data That Improves Foster Care Outcomes is Highlighted in GovTech Article

“Sharing Data Key to Improving Foster Care Outcomes”  “An average of 32 percent of foster students change schools in a given year, making data sharing imperative to improving their educational success.” States that share data among child welfare and education agencies have a better chance of lessening some of the barriers foster care students face…

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Children’s Data Network: Cumulative Count of Children Born in California and Reported for Maltreatment before Age 5

The Children’s Data Network released “cumulative risk” reports in December 2014 that represent their first “push” of linked data. This report aims to provoke conversation and interest in linked data by documenting how birth records can serve as the foundation for longitudinal examinations of children’s trajectories over time.  To find out more, please click here….

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Camden, NJ Project Seeks Better Health and Safety Through Data-Sharing

For close to a decade, a group of Camden health-care providers has used a database of information culled from the city’s three hospitals to evaluate medical costs, identify hot spots in neighborhoods, and develop outreach programs. Soon, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers will also be able to look at data from the criminal justice…

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UW-Madison to Host Census Research Bureau Data Center

The potential for interdisciplinary research is about to expand considerably throughout the state of Wisconsin, thanks to Census Bureau approval for construction of a branch Research Data Center, or RDC, on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. A Census Bureau RDC provides secure access by researchers to administrative data linked across federal agencies that would otherwise…

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Open Movement in NY Exemplifies Data Uses

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently featured an article detailing open data in the State of New York. The article, “Liberating Data to Transform Health Care: New York’s Open Data Experience,” describes an open data revolution promoting data that’s publicly accessible, available in multiple formats, and free of charge, with unlimited use and…

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New TANF Data Measures Bolster a More Concrete Evaluation of Education Risk Factors

Washington State’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides financial assistance to low-income families and supports employment and economic self-sufficiency among parents. The state’s TANF program, WorkFirst, underwent a redesign in 2010 to focus on the needs of the whole family. Part of this redesign included a cross-agency workgroup overhauling the program’s performance measures…

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Administrative Data Documents Challenges of High-Needs Students

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), in collaboration with the Research and Data Analysis Division, recently released “School Works,” a study utilizing administrative data from multiple sources to measure the effects of frequent school mobility. It primarily takes data from INVEST, a cross-agency limited dataset containing data from the DSHS Integrated…

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HUD and HHS Test Match Data to Benefit HUD-Assisted Households

WASHINGTON – In a ground-breaking cross-agency collaboration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) produced the first-ever dataset of HUD-assisted households that includes Medicare and Medicaid claims data.  Despite the potential usefulness of combining administrative data across agencies, such projects are rare and…

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Accessing Education Data

 An article posted on Education Week outlines how states and authorized databases need to enhance their education data sharing. Most often, data is provided to uncoordinated state and federal agencies where it sits unused, but appropriate access to data is essential to obtain social policy improvements. The Early Childhood Data Collaborative, an umbrella organization advocating…

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OMB Issues Memo on Administrative Data Use

In Feb. 2014 OMB released a memo stressing the necessity of utilizing “existing data to facilitate agencies’ programmatic work and enhance the value of those data to the American public.” The memo contains four detailed elements that outline how federal agencies should move forward.   To access, the entire memo, click here. 

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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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GAO Releases Report on Privacy Protection

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report entitled “Sustained and Coordinated Efforts Could Facilitate Data Sharing While Protecting Privacy.” This report affirms that when different agencies share data, not only are administrative policies improved, services for individual clients are improved as well. Building on this, GAO looked at the different issues…

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Washington State Study on High School Outcomes for DSHS-Served Youth

Abstract: Graduation and Drop-out Rates for Students Who Were 9th Graders in 2005-2006 High school progress indicators and outcomes are described for a statewide cohort of youth served by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). This report is the first product of a federally funded cross-agency effort (ARRA, 2009) that provided…

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OMB/CBO Budget Scoring Guidance underscores benefits of rigorous program evaluations using cross-program integrated data

The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy (http://coalition4evidence.org/) has released a summary and correspondence with Jacob Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), emphasizing the importance of considering cross-program effects in program evaluation. Referring to the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 and special guidance from OMB, Mr. Lew noted that agencies must score the…

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