Our goal is to change the empirical foundation of social science, statistical and public agencies in the United States and transform understanding of how our society works. We are a fast growing university-based startup that has already created dozens of pilot projects, worked with over 100 agencies—federal, state and local—and trained over 250 agency staff.

Our team is led by world renowned experts—Rayid Ghani, Robert Goerge, Frauke Kreuter, and Julia Lane—and we are building new technologies housed in a secure computational research platform, the NYU Administrative Data Research Facility, to promote access and discovery of sensitive and confidential microdata. Those technologies are combined with training programs and consulting services to build agency capacity to serve society.


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The Tipping Point for AI in the Federal Market is Here Today — and Leverage is to Blame

February 3, 2020

This tipping point places us all on the verge of seeing substantial benefits and value coming from federal agency investments in AI, and as citizens, we should be excited to see quantifiable results soon.

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China is closing gap with United States on research spending

January 15, 2020

The United States is no longer the ‘uncontested leader’ in science globally, the National Science Foundation says.

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New initiative to help with discovery of dataset use in scholarly work

September 1, 2019

RePEc is partnering with the Coleridge Initiative that is combining natural language processing and machine learning techniques to automate dataset search and discovery from social science and economics publications.

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Evidence-based decision making: What DOE, USDA and others are learning

June 28, 2019

Evidence-based decision making is gaining traction at agencies, a new report says, and there are some clear lessons about how to increase federal use of the practice.


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Rayid Ghani

  • Director, Center for Data Science and Public Policy
  • Senior Fellow, Harris School of Public Policy
  • Senior Fellow, Computational Institute, The University of Chicago
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Robert Goerge

  • Senior Research Fellow, Chapin Hall
  • Senior Fellow, Harris School of Public Policy
  • Senior Fellow, Computational Institute, The University of Chicago
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Frauke Kreuter

  • Professor, Joint Program in Survey Methodology, University of Maryland
  • Professor, Methods and Statistics, University of Mannheim
  • Head, Statistical Methods Group, German Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg
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Julia Lane

  • Professor, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU
  • Professor, Center for Urban Science and Progress, NYU
  • Provostial Fellow, Innovation Analytics

Core Team

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Associate Research Scientist

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Chris Angelosanto

Director, Research Administration

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Nathan Caplan

Associate Research Scientist

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Ismail Coskun

Senior Manager, Data Facility Security Operations

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Benjamin Feder

Assistant Research Scientist

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Ernesto Gimeno

Associate Research Scientist

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Graham Henke

Research Scientist

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Daniela Hochfellner

Senior Research Scientist

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Clayton Hunter

Deputy Director

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Rafael Ladislau

Software Engineer

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Ekaterina Levitskaya

Associate Research Scientist

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Paco Nathan

Senior Advisor

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Orande Peoples

Operations Administrator

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Sophie Rand

Associate Research Scientist

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Matthew Ross

Research Assistant Professor



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