The State Data Sharing (SDS) Initiative, implemented by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), launched and hosted their first All States Meeting in September of 2016. 

Periodically, in conjunction with NASWA and the CREC, the SDS holds webinars on the benefits, criteria and other considerations for sharing administrative data among states.

The State Data Sharing (SDS) Initiative

The two-year SDS Initiative aims to improve government program outcomes by increasing access to administrative records for policy analysis and program evaluation purposes. 

The SDS has also created a Data Sharing Toolkit for states to help guide them in establishing data sharing agreements that consider confidentiality and state laws, as well and appropriate data sharing infrastructures.

The Case for Sharing Administrative Data

In the webinar on November 30,2016 entitled, "Improving Public Policy Program Outcomes: the Case for Administrative Data Sharing," the SDS team presents the value of administrative data for research.

It also discusses the state laws and regulations that protect these datasets, and the data sharing experiences of data collection agencies and various data user customers. 

Promoting Evidence-Based Policy-Making

Because government leaders are promoting greater transparency and accountability of their resources in light of tightening budgets, access to reliable and accurate data is important.

The CREC launched the SDS Initiative with the goal to position administrative data, and the intra-state sharing of such data, as invaluable for enhancing evidence-based policy-making efforts, enabling rigorous analysis of program outcomes and policies.

On January 25, 2017, CREC hosted a webinar to introduce the research paper, "Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy-Making by Increasing Support for Data Sharing:  Promoting Evidence-Based Policy-Making in the States by Sharing Administrative Data."

The WIAC Mission The Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications (CARRA)

The Census Bureau's CARRA is charged with the strategic re-use of administrative data from federal, state, and commercial providers.  Through record linkage and statistical matching, CARRA enhances operations, and extends demographic and socioeconomic research capabilities.

CARRA creates new data analytics and products that would be impossible to produce using single data sets.