Administrative Data Program


The Administrative Data Program (ADP) is an umbrella program at the CPI that builds and leverages administrative data to evaluate the effectiveness of a range of social programs. 

Launched as a pilot in 2017, the ADP was developed as a new data infrastructure for human service agencies in Washington and California to support research and data-driven policy. The new infrastructure, which links federal, state, and local administrative data, has been successfully deployed to help government agencies launch outcomes-oriented contracts with subsidized employment providers, home visiting programs, and more. The CPI also uses the research infrastructure to evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to improve economic opportunity and reduce educational and health disparities.

The first cohort of state and local agencies we collaborated with include:

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has received technical assistance to address homelessness. The partnership with the CPI and Third Sector is strengthening the County’s capacity to develop and analyze innovative approaches to integrate housing, health care, and human services. The goal: To improve outcomes for homeless individuals and families.

The Santa Cruz Human Services Department examined changes in self-sufficiency for individuals who participate in subsidized employment programs as part of CalWORKs. Linked program and outcomes data provided new evidence on employment and earnings outcomes of individuals who participated in these programs. The goal: To evaluate how subsidized employment programs and other welfare-to-work activities affect retained employment, earnings growth, and well-being.

The Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families evaluated its early childhood intervention programs, including Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and Early Support for Infants and Toddlers, to understand the programs that promote child development and educational readiness. The goal: To improve service-delivery and educational and health outcomes for children and families.

Additional Information

To learn more, please see:
CPI press release (April 2017)
Stanford Report article
CPI press release (October 2016)
CNCS announcement

For more information, please visit the project website.