Harnessing the scientific potential of linked, administrative data to inform children’s programs and policies.

Making Smarter Use of Data Together

The Children’s Data Network is a data and research collaborative focused on the linkage and analysis of administrative records. In partnership with public agencies, philanthropic funders, and community stakeholders, we seek to generate knowledge and advance evidence-rich policies that will improve the health, safety, and well-being of our children.
Each person in the world creates a Book of Life. This Book starts with birth and ends with death. Its pages are made up of the records of the principal events in life. Record linkage is the name given to the process of assembling the pages of this Book...
Halbert L. Dunn, 1946

A Data and Research Collaborative

The Children’s Data Network receives essential infrastructure funding from First 5 LA and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, with additional project support from other philanthropic and public partners.

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On November 21, 2018, the Housing Authority of the City and County of Los Angeles was awarded 157 housing vouchers through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Family Unification Program (FUP). These vouchers are earmarked for youth at risk of homelessness (and specifically, young adults 18-24 who have aged out of the foster care system) and families whose lack of adequate housing is the primary reason their children are in foster care.

The CDN’s record linkage between Los Angeles County Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and Child Protection records generated information critical to securing this funding.

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