Building an Infrastructure to Support the Use of Government Administrative Data for Program Performance and Social Science Research

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This article provides an overview of the elements necessary to build a sustainable research data infrastructure. I argue that it needs the financial and intellectual engagement of a community of practice. Most attention has been paid to researchers and policy-makers, but a third group—government programmatic agencies—must be a focal point since they act as both data producers and as policy implementers. I also discuss possible business models that are both consistent with serving the needs of multiple stakeholders and that are not completely dependent on the largesse of the public purse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-252
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018



  • data infrastructure
  • evidence-based policy
  • linked data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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