Administrative Data Program

In this moment of rapid technological advance, the Center on Poverty and Inequality is bringing together the country’s best minds in science, technology, service, and government to build a 21st-century research and development infrastructure for solving poverty, reducing inequality, and increasing mobility. The Administrative Data Program is a central component in this infrastructure. 

The CPI has partnered with Third Sector Capital Partners to build an administrative-data framework for measuring and evaluating the success of social service programs that aim to increase economic opportunity. The program is supported by the Ballmer Group and through funding awarded in 2016 by the Social Innovation Fund.

The new infrastructure links federal, state, and local administrative data sets and will allow service providers to monitor both short- and long-term effects of their programs. The first cohort of state and local agencies to receive research and development support include:

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency will use data and technical assistance from this project to address homelessness. The partnership with the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and Third Sector Capital Partners will strengthen the County’s capacity to develop and analyze innovative approaches to integrating housing, health care, and human services. The goal: To improve outcomes for homeless individuals and families.

The Santa Cruz Human Services Department will study changes in self-sufficiency for individuals who participate in subsidized employment programs as part of CalWORKS. Linked data will provide new evidence on outcomes after participants finish these programs. The goal: To evaluate how subsidized employment programs and other welfare-to-work activities affect housing stability, substance abuse, and mental health.

The Washington Department of Early Learning plans to evaluate its early childhood intervention programs (e.g., Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and Early Support for Infants and Toddlers) to advance ongoing efforts to integrate data on home visitation and other interventions with administrative data on child and family outcomes. The goal: To improve contracting, service-delivery, and outcomes for children and families.

Application Materials

Application Guide
Application Form
Frequently Asked Questions

Third Sector and the CPI hosted an initial informational webinar to introduce the Administrative Data Pilot grant opportunity. The webinar covered: who is eligible to apply, the types of projects suitable for services, and key dates and milestones for the project. Please click here to view the webinar recording. A second webinar focused on reviewing the selection criteria and the scoring rubric used for application evaluation. Please click here to view the webinar recording.

January 9, 2017 – Application released
January 25, 2017 – Letters of Interest due (optional but recommended)
February 17, 2017 – Applications due

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.