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Data Tools

Children of Immigrants Data Tool
An interactive tool designed to generate charts and tables with indicators on children, age 0 to 17, for the United States and for the 50 states and the District of Columbia using data from the American Community Survey. The Children of Immigrants Data Tool presents data on a number of population groups of children defined by the children nativity and citizenship and the nativity, citizenship, and origin of their parents.

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Cost-Benefit Analysis Model on Crime
The District of Columbia Crime Policy Institute (DCPI) is a partnership between the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. DCPI has developed an empirical model that combines meta-analysis and cost-benefit analysis to begin to answer the question: How do we make streets safer while spending less money?

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Dynamic Simulation of Income Model (DYNASIM)
Developed by the Urban Institute in 1973. DYNASIM is a microsimulation model developed to gauge the effects of social and economic trends on future generations of retirees and their benefit needs and to project the characteristics of future retirees.

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Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center
UI administers the Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center (FJSRC), a Bureau of Justice Statistics Federal Justice Statistics Program database, which contains information about suspects and defendants processed in the federal criminal justice system. Using data obtained from federal agencies, the FJSRC compiles comprehensive information describing defendants from each stage of federal criminal case processing.

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National Center for Charitable Statistics Dataweb
The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) has data on more than 2 million nonprofit organizations dating from the early 1980s. We provide a range of online tools for viewing information on individual organizations and for creating summary statistics and tables. The NCCS Data Web, our primary tool for researchers, enables users to create custom tables and much more.

In order to improve the quality of data on the nonprofit sector, NCCS provides the 990 Online and ePostcard websites to help nonprofit organizations complete their IRS Form 990s, 990-EZs, and 990-Ns (ePostcards).

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The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
NNIP is a collaborative effort of the Urban Institute and 19 cities to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in local policymaking and community building.

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Service Improvement Action Plans
A performance management tool that integrates target-setting, performance measurement, and budgeting to get measurably better services. UI developed the Plan in 1999 to help local governments identify priority problems, select the right outcome indicators, set targets, and measure results. The SIAP has been used by hundreds of local governments, using low-cost data collection for sustainability and accountability into citizen-state relations. 

Net Income Change Calculator (NICC)
If a low-income family earns more money, how much will the family's benefits from safety-net programs go down, how much will state and federal income and payroll taxes change, and how much will the family's total income go up? NICC allows a user to specify a scenario to test and then shows the results for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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TANF Typologies Database
The TANF Typologies Database contains welfare policy variables, state economic and demographic variables, and the six key outcomes variables that they are hypothesized to affect. The database is no longer updated or maintained by the Urban Institute.  This link will take you to the AFDC data archive on the HHS web site.

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Tax Calculator
The tax calculator helps citizens understand how current tax policy affects real families and what would happen if Congress changed that policy. It allows taxpayers to compare the effect of today’s law—with all the 2001–03 tax cuts still in place—with changes proposed for 2011.

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Tax Policy Center’s Microsimulation Model
The TPC microsimulation model of the federal tax system estimates how proposals affect revenue, the distribution of tax burdens, and incentives to work and save. It is based on data from the IRS Statistics of Income public-use files and is similar to the models used by the Treasury Department, the Joint Committee on Taxation, and the Congressional Budget Office.

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Transfer Income Model (TRIM3)
The Transfer Income Model, version 3 (TRIM3) is a comprehensive microsimulation model developed and maintained at the Urban Institute by the Income & Benefits Policy Center, with primary funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. TRIM3 simulates the major governmental tax, transfer, and health programs that affect the U.S. population.

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Welfare Rules Database

A longitudinal database tracking state AFDC/TANF policies, the Welfare Rules Database provides a comprehensive, sophisticated resource for anyone comparing cash assistance programs between states, researching changes in cash assistance rules within a single state, or simply looking for the most up-to-date information on the rules governing cash assistance in one state.