Building the capacity needed to accelerate the effective use of new data.

“Data, data everywhere, we have to stop and think“

with apologies to the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Our approach was cited as the first Federal example of Secure Access to Confidential Data of the final report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (page 70).

Program directors Rayid Ghani, Frauke Kreuter, and Julia Lane are also co-editors of “Big Data and Social Science: A Practical Guide to Methods and Tools.”, the text book for the class.


Building capabilities and knowledge


Providing secure data research facilities


Facilitating a community of practitioners


Our training programs provide cutting-edge analytics skills and apply them to real world micro-data to help solve real world problems.


The Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF) provides a secure platform to host confidential micro-data, serving as a trusted partner for data providers and analysts.

Our goal is to accelerate data-driven research and policy around human beings and their interactions, for program management, policy development, and scholarly purposes, by enabling efficient, effective, and secure access to sensitive data about society and the economy.


Participants in our training courses share a common interest in data and evidence. They collaborate using modern technology like Slack, Jupyter Notebooks and next generation annotation tools. We partner with other data focused initiatives nationally and internationally.

What we value


We are a diverse group of data scientists, economists, statisticians, and software engineers. Our mission is to substantially improve how data are used and analyzed, especially in the context of public policy.