Improving Outcomes for Residents of Subsidized Housing: Using Administrative Data to Inform Policy and Program Implementation
(Housing, Community Development, and Urban Policy)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
The roundtable is designed to explore the challenges and benefits of using administrative data to improve outcomes for residents living in subsidized housing. The roundtable participants are using data from sectors as diverse as public health (hospital admissions records), education (child-level educational records), employment (welfare and workforce agency wage records), and criminal justice (juvenile court records). Participants also have worked to develop research partnerships with local public health or public housing agencies to use the data to inform policy and practice, and have grappled with the politics of research that emerge when working with local agencies. During the roundtable, these experts will share experiences from their own research, focusing on questions such as:
- What are the benefits of using administrative data to better understand outcomes among residents living in subsidized housing? How can these data be leveraged to answer complex research questions?
- What questions motivate local agencies, and how do we bridge the different priorities of researchers and practitioners? How can researchers build the capacity of local agencies to use data and research for program implementation and improvement?
- What are the challenges around gaining access to administrative data, including governance and concerns about privacy, and what are some strategies for addressing them?
- What approaches are effective in linking disparate data sources? How have researchers addressed issues related to data quality and documentation?
- How can we use administrative data for longitudinal, experimental or quasi-experimental research designs?
- What analytic techniques have been, or need to be, developed to better leverage administrative data for program evaluation?