Brief Guidance on Collecting Administrative Data for Pay for Success Projects
Five Lessons from a Training and Technical Assistance Engagement
Will Engelhardt, Martha Fedorowicz
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Administrative data—that is, the information collected by governments and organizations about the people they serve—are a rich resource for strengthening programs and services. But accessing and using such data from the different systems and agencies that house them is often difficult. Moreover, many organizations face significant learning curves when it comes to navigating privacy and data security requirements, drafting legal agreements, completing complex analyses, and other processes associated with using administrative data. Even jurisdictions with fully integrated data systems may be constrained by security requirements and quality concerns, procurement procedures, or a lack of public understanding about the benefits of using administrative data to improve their services.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Community’s Administrative Data

Research Areas Nonprofits and philanthropy
Tags Data and technology capacity of nonprofits
Policy Centers Research to Action Lab
Research Methods Performance measurement and management