Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center, 2013-2018

Project Overview

This cooperative agreement, awarded to the University of Chicago in 2013, supports the development, implementation, and ongoing operations of a Data Center to support family self-sufficiency research and activities. This center serves as a hub to support the development of state and institutional capacity for data collection, linkage, and—where necessary—storage. The goal is to provide practitioners and policymakers access to high-quality data on family self-sufficiency programs.

Highlights from the Data Center’s work to date include:

  • The Data Center conducted a comprehensive needs assessment and developed a prototype for a web-based data archive and analysis tool.
  • The Center worked with states and localities, providing modeling, analytic, and technical support to providers and users of family self-sufficiency data.
  • The Center generated publicly-available resources, including data models and code to help state-level data users produce analyses.
  • The center is analyzing TANF caseload data from ACF’s Office of Family Assistance. One goal is to assess data quality and opportunities for matching with other administrative data sources. Another is to produce descriptive information about caseload dynamics over time.

For more information, including access to the GitHub code repository, visit the FSSDC website at The University of Chicago.

The points of contact are Victoria Kabak and Nicole Deterding.

  • Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center: Needs Assessment Report

    Published: February 16, 2016

    This report presents findings from a needs assessment conducted by the Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center. As an initial activity, the Data Center obtained input from key stakeholders regarding their current capacity, challenges, and needs with family self-sufficiency data...

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