On Oct 28 Census presented at AEA’s 2016 Evaluation Conference Session “Promises & Pitfalls of Using Administrative Data for Program Evaluation"
This presentation discusses the use of administrative records in the experience of the U.S. Census Bureau and a vision for the future. Until recently, administrative records have been incorporated and available for researchers’ use in a limited way via the Census Bureau’s research data centers (RDCs). Certain legal requirements and other parameters severely reduce evaluators’ abilities to conduct evaluation studies using linked administrative records in the RDCs. Recently, however, the Census Bureau has forged a new vision for the future that will greatly expand the administrative datasets available and substantially improve the availability and timing of these data for relevant evaluation studies. The presentation will discuss the Census Bureau’s resources and their potential value for evaluation of federal and other programs, as well as address issues of data quality, documentation, conditions for use, and agile access. Examples will be provided to highlight challenges and successes.
Melissa Chiu presented "Access to Innovation: Administrative Records and Evaluation in the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers" at the American Evaluation Association 2016 Conference