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Advisory Panel on Research Uses of Administrative Data

The evolution of automated data systems has increased the capacity of social service program administrators to study the effects of social programs. The recent devolution of federal welfare programs gives states unprecedented freedom to develop their own strategies and programs for providing assistance to the poor. These events combined have increased the necessity and expectation to produce better outcome data on program participants.

These expectations for better outcome data led to the formation, in Fall 1996, of an Advisory Panel on Research Uses of Administrative Data (the "Panel") at the Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Panel sought to assess the development of research-ready data from state administrative sources in the areas of public assistance, public health and welfare, and for use in policy and academic research.

In February 1999, UC DATA completed an Inventory Of Research Uses Of Administrative Data In Social Services Programs In The United States 1998 to complement the work of the Panel. This inventory presents the results of a intensive surveying of social service program administrative databases in 26 states and the efforts in these states to use administrative data for monitoring, evaluation, and research.

The Panel also released a report, Administrative Data for Policy-Relevant Research: Assessment of Current Utility and Recommendations for Development, in November 1999.
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