Before starting a data project, there are several questions you'll need to address to determine the purpose of your analysis and to assess your ability to fully implement the project.
What can integrated administrative data tell you?
Public agency administrative data are routinely collected in the course of service delivery, and taken together, form a rich picture of people's experiences and trajectories. The challenge is that all too often, each agency or program only has access to one puzzle piece in a larger picture. When we start to bring these pieces together, important connections and opportunities are brought to light that can improve the lives of individuals.
Integrating TANF data with other administrative data, such as state unemployment insurance UI wage records can allow your agency to:
- Understand the short and long-term employment outcomes of TANF applicants vs. recipients
- Analyze the trajectories and outcomes of TANF recipients who are receiving other services as well, like WIOA or childcare subsidy
- Identify a segment of the TANF caseload, based on more complete data on prior experiences, that is likely to have difficulty finding stable employment
- Explore the characteristics of employers who successfully hire and retain TANF recipients
- Map the geography of employment to uncover transportation and childcare needs and better understand local labor markets confronting TANF recipients
- Create new tools, like a dashboard that tracks self-sufficiency outcomes to help better manage program performance
Integrated data opens a world of analyses that you can explore to enhance the services you provide to individuals and families. TDC will offer technical assistance and training related to scoping out your project and ensuring safe and secure access to data. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.