What is administrative data?

Administrative data is the data that organizations collect about their operations. It includes data for routine operations, and is frequently used to assess how well an organization is achieving its intended goals.

For Chapin Hall’s mission, administrative data is the data government and other service-providing organizations collect about the children and families they serve. This can include demographic, financial, and workforce information. The data is often related to receiving a service, such as education, foster care, food stamps, or Medicaid.

Although administrative data is routinely collected and stored, it is often used only for program operations, such as service delivery. This data, though, has enormous potential for evaluating the effectiveness of programs and interventions, and for conducting other analysis that can improve program management or inform evidence-based policymaking.

Chapin Hall research and policy staff partner with government agencies to organize, transform, and analyze data and to build organizational capacity to improve data quality and use. The following projects are examples of Chapin Hall’s work with administrative data: