Effort to describe promising administrative data sources for evaluations of economic and social interventions.

There is growing interest in making better use of administrative data — which are collected primarily to manage programs — to support research on program effectiveness and evidence-based policymaking. The first step toward this goal is to better understand:

  1. the types and extent of data available and where they reside;
  2. the process for obtaining data access; and
  3. the feasibility for linking these data sources with evaluation data to measure the impact of government-funded programs.

The Compendium was created as part of the Assessing Options to Evaluate Long-Term Outcomes Using Administrative Data (LTO) project funded by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (ACF/OPRE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.