One of the goals of the California Policy Lab is to encourage the use of data for policy-relevant research. Government agencies collect a significant amount of administrative data while administering programs focused on housing, the social safety net, criminal justice, education, employment, and other programs. This data has the potential to inform solutions to complex problems like poverty, but legal and technical barriers often stand in the way. Working closely with our state and local government agency partners, the California Policy Lab is overcoming these barriers to enable a more data-informed approach to policymaking.
In addition to our own research, several of CPL’s initiatives focus on helping make data more accessible to other researchers. This can be complex, when the data themselves are sensitive or granular, so CPL is committed to data stewardship practices that focus on maintaining privacy.
CPL has several data-related initiatives that you can explore more in the tiles below, including:
- aiding data discovery with our Data Roadmap
- creating new datasets, and streamlining access to administrative data, such as
- offering financial support for policy-focused research, through seed grants and graduate fellowship grants
- sharing strategies for data linking
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