Getting the Most Out of Your Community’s Administrative Data
States, municipalities, and local organizations need help identifying, linking, and analyzing the administrative data sources in their communities to better track outcomes of the social services they deliver. This series of five products offers recommendations on how communities can best navigate these vital processes.
The Urban Institute’s guidance emerged from training and technical assistance we provided to 28 communities from 2015 to 2019 as part of our Pay for Success Administrative Data pilot and Pay for Success Initiative. Urban supported partners in addressing and overcoming barriers to administrative data access and local collaboration so that their communities may be better equipped to engage in PFS planning and other performance-based strategies.
- Guidance on Collecting Administrative Data, which shares lessons from four organizations that tackled administrative data challenges as they carried out a PFS program.
- Assessing Feasibility Studies, which offers guidance on determining whether pay for success is a viable strategy for a specific intervention.
- Developing a Collaborative Planning Team, which provides tips on bringing together and engaging diverse stakeholders around data collection and sharing.
- Understanding Community Resources, which delivers step-by-step guidance for stakeholders who want to match data across agencies.
- How to Launch a Supportive Housing Pay for Success Initiative, which offers initial steps to get PFS supportive housing efforts off the ground and focuses on how to establish an evidence-based supportive housing PFS program that can measure and link payments to outcomes.
The project was funded by the Corporation for National Community Service and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.