The Promises and Challenges of Administrative Data in Social Policy Research: Roundtable Discussion

Published: June 30, 2016
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In this video roundtable, government experts and experienced researchers discuss the opportunities and challenges presented when using administrative data for social policy research. Topics include: tips for planning administrative data research; working with (federal and state) data custodians; negotiating data agreements; stumbling blocks and areas for improvement. This roundtable was part of the 2015 Innovative Methods Meeting, organized by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Last Reviewed: December 18, 2018