Public-Academic Research Colloquium (PARC)

Public-Academic Research Colloquium (PARC):  Leveraging Administrative Data for Social Policy Innovation – Nov. 29-30 at the Hyatt Regency, Washington DC

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In an effort to bring together national and international scholars who are actively involved in integrating administrative data for social policy research, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) convened the Public-Academic Research Colloquium (PARC) on November 29-30 in Washington, D.C.

In addition to attendees from around the United States, 19 international guests and speakers traveled from Canada, England, Wales, Scotland, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Mexico and Australia to participate in the conference.

The two-day event was open to the public on November 29th, and consisted of five panels that showcased multiple exemplary uses of administrative data in the following topic areas: Child Welfare, Domestic and International Health, Education, and Innovations in Measurement.

Closed-door roundtable sessions were held on November 30th for 75 invited guests with in-depth experience in the business and science of conducting research using linked administrative data.  Participants shared their knowledge in the following, varied topic areas: Data Linkage Infrastructures, Policies and Procedures, the Science of Research, Accessing Federal Data, and Capacity Building.

The use of administrative data for social policy innovation is a relatively new frontier in social policy research. Currently, there are a handful of organizations throughout the world that are able to do this work sustainably. PARC provided a global forum for researchers to learn about best practices and establish new partnerships in order to further advance the field.

*AISP co-convened the event with the Administrative Data Research Network in the UK, J-PAL North America at MIT, and the Social Decision and Analytics Lab (SDAL) at Virginia Tech.*

*PARC was generously funded through grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.*

For more information regarding the PARC conference, visit the PARC website.

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