The Children’s Data Network (CDN) at USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work was excited to co-host an international administrative data conference at Stanford University on May 1st and 2nd, 2017 with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, the Program for Administrative Data at Stanford, and the Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality.
The workshop was addressed to researchers with experience or interest in using government administrative data for research purposes. The key objectives of the workshop were to:
- Increase awareness on the opportunities, bounds, innovations and future directions of using government administrative data to solve policy-relevant questions across countries;
- Identify competences and capacity required to enable government administrative data to be used more widely and effectively;
- Identify strategies concerning communication and partnerships with government agencies, and sharing experience on how to address them.
Thanks to the support from USC’s Research Council, the entire CDN team was able to attend this convening. Not only did it facilitate team-bonding, it also allowed fostered connections with other researchers similarly engaged in analyses based on linked records, and provided a forum to discuss personal experiences with administrative data, brainstorm around challenges, and cement new interinstitutional relationships.